Grand Marian procession at Intramuros

Commemorating a 394-year-old tradition, Filipino Catholics hold the celebrations on the first Sunday of December, ahead of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Philippines
Dec 06 2013, 3:39 PM
Grand Marian procession at Intramuros

Filipinos pleaded for Mother Mary’s intercessory prayers at the 34th Grand Marian Procession in Intramuros, the Walled city in Manila, last Sunday.

Commemorating a 394-year-old tradition, Filipino Catholics hold the celebrations on the first Sunday of December, ahead of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Organized by Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepcion Foundation and Intramuros Administration, the event revives a tradition that originated in Intramuros on December 8, 1619, then a national celebration which ran for 15 days. The annual festivity was re-launched at the Manila Cathedral since 1980, with Armed Forces of the Philippines replicating the full-force military participation during the processions of old days.

Archbishop Emeritus Diosdado Talamayan of Tuguegarao led the prayers at the start of the procession.

Pueblo Amante de Maria, a people in love with Mary, Filipinos walked the streets of the city holding lighted candles and holy rosaries. More than 100 images of the Blessed Virgin mounted in various carrozas joined the procession. 

Aside from La Inmaculada Concepcion Mater Purisima, which is under the care of the Intramuros Administration, other images of the Blessed Virgin including Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba from Pakil, Our Lady of the Rosary of Orani Church, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Piat from Cagayan, Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan and Nuestra Senora Dela Consolacion Y Correa from San Agustin Church joined the procession.

The carrozas started at Plaza Roma in front of Manila Cathedral passed the streets of Intramuros through General Luna Street, Muralla Street, and A. Soriano Avenue before returning to the plaza.

This year’s special invitee, Archbishop Charles Bo of Myanmar, presided over the mass at San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

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