Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marian Pilgrimage in ICA

As part of the celebration of the birthday of Mama Mary, the Grade School CLE area initially planned for an exhibit of the various images of Mary in order to expose our pupils to the different titles of the Blessed Mother.  But it seemed that the Lord Jesus had a better plan; He wanted it to be a spiritual experience, not just an academic one.  And so, the idea for a Marian pilgrimage was born!

Marian altars were put up in different corners of the school, along with the inspirational stories behind each of the statues.  Through the assistance of Ms. Jennie Lo, the ICAPA President, and Ms. Lizanne Liong, the school’s Institutional Relations Officer, we were able to collaborate with our Marian-devotee parents -- Mrs. Jacqueline Lim, Mrs. Cecille Aurelio, and Mrs. Trina Quizon-- in bringing to ICA the images of Our Lady of Manaoag, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Upon learning about the plan, Ms. Priscilla Chan, a parishioner from Mary the Queen, also generously lent us her statue of Our Lady of Piat and a big book about Mother Mary.  Other images came from our teachers and MIC sisters.  Indeed the Spirit blew where it wills! 

On September 5, the pilgrimage was opened by a blessing of each altar facilitated by Sr. Nancy Vy So, MIC.  Representatives of the different sectors of the school community joined the blessing: school administrators headed by Sr. Irene N. Ferrer, MIC, MIC sisters, High School and Grade School Faculty, Maintenance and Staff, Security, parents, and students, particularly the Grade School League of Leaders.  In sanctifying each altar, the ground is made holy and those who would approach Mary would experience God and His blessings.  Union with the Church and concern for our country were also expressed through the petitions that were prayed to God through the intercession of our Lady.  Marian songs filled the air as the group walked their way to the next pilgrim image.

Students from Grades 2 to 6 held their pilgrimage during their CLE class.  Ready with their lighted candles, prayers and flowers, they excitedly but prayerfully tread the path to each Marian station notwithstanding the heat of the day and the distance they needed to cover.  It was indeed a moving experience not only for the girls but for everyone who witnessed these expressions of love and honor to Mary, the beloved Patroness of the school.

A Three-Day prayer to honor Mary was also said during the Homeroom period in each class. 

The Marian celebration culminated in a Eucharistic celebration on September 8, the birthday of Mother Mary.  The Mass was presided by Fr. Manny Flores, SJ. 

We thank Jesus for guiding us in giving honor to Mary, His mother and our mother too! Happy birthday Mama Mary!

 

MARIAN ALTARS

THE PILGRIMS

 

 

Written By: 

Ms. Urduja Caguioa

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