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OCTOBER
Month of the Holy Rosary

October 7                            Our Lady of the Rosary (Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City)

Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaog

The feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto, October 7, 1571. The victory was attributed to the help of the holy Mother of God whose aid was invoked through praying the Rosary.

La Naval De Manila

Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
A festival revolving around the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of La Naval carved in 1533 and given as a gift to the Dominican Fathers. Borne on an elaborately decorated and well-lit carriage in the form of a ship, the venerated image is brought out of the church preceded by a dozen or so images of Dominican saints. The procession goes around the main streets of Sto. Domingo parish and then returns to the church amidst applause until it reaches the altar pedestal.

October 8                            Our Lady of Good Remedy

800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary. They were so successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance, St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8. Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha.

October 11                          Feast of the Motherhood of Mary

October 12                          Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Zamboanga and  Imus, Cavite)
Our Lady of the Pillar (Saragoza, Spain)

October 16                          Feast of Mary's Purity

October 20                          Mary, Wonderful Mother

October 24                          Mary, Mother of the Dying

NOVEMBER

November 6                        Our Lady of All Graces
November 8                        Feast of Mary, Our Shelter

November 20                       Nuestra Señora de Remedios (Malate Church)

Mary, Mother of Divine Providence

November 21                       Presentation of the Virgin Mary

Mary, at the age of three, was brought by her parents to the Temple, in fulfillment of a vow, there to be educated. The corresponding feast originated in the Orient, probably in Syria, the home of the apocrypha. The feast is missing in the earlier Menology of Constantinople (eighth century); it is found, however, in the liturgical documents of the eleventh century. It appears in the constitution of Manuel Comnenos (1166) as a fully recognized festival during which the law courts did not sit. In the West it was introduced by a French nobleman, Philippe de Mazières, Chancellor of the King of Cyprus, who spent some time at Avignon during the pontificate of Gregory XI. It was celebrated in the presence of the cardinals (1372) with an office accommodated from the office chanted by the Greeks. In 1373 it was adopted in the royal chapel at Paris, 1418 at Metz, 1420 at Cologne. Pius II granted (1460) the feast with a vigil to the Duke of Saxony. It was taken up by many dioceses, but at the end of the Middle Ages, it was still missing in many calendars. At Toledo it was assigned (1500) by Cardinal Ximenes to September 30. Sixtus IV received it into the Roman Breviary, Pius V struck it from the calendar, but Sixtus V took it up a second time (September 1, 1585). It is now celebrated November 21.

November 27                      Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

DECEMBER

December 8                       Immaculate Concepcion of Our Lady

This feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX's solemn declaration, Ineffabilis Deus, clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. In proclaiming the Immaculate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church, the pope expressed precisely and clearly that Mary was conceived free from the stain of original sin. This privilege of Mary derives from God's having chosen her as Mother of the Savior; thus she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. (The picture above shows her mother, Anna, with the infant Mary within her womb.) This great gift to Mary, an ordinary human being just like us, was fitting because she was destined to be Mother of God. The purity and holiness of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christians.

An Eucharistic celebration, patroness of Intramuros, Manila, is capped by a grand procession of more than 50 Marian images from all over the country and participated in by thousands of devotees.

December l0                      Our Lady of Loreto

December 12                     Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines)

The Blessed Virgin Mary, by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas. On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, an Indian Christian, whom she sent to the bishop with the request to build a Church in her honor on the hill where she appeared. The bishop asked Juan Diego for a sign to prove that the Virgin had appeared to him. Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego again on December 12 and promised that his uncle would be healed. She directed Juan Diego to gather a bouquet of roses that miraculously appeared on a bush nearby (roses do not bloom at this time of the year) to present to the bishop. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his tilma (cloak). When he opened his tilma before the bishop, the roses felt to the floor, and the bishop was amazed to see the miraculous image of the Mother of God imprinted on the cloak. The image persuaded the bishop to believe what Juan Diego had told him, and the Church was built.

This image, which almost immediately inspired the conversion to Christianity of many thousands of Indians, may still be seen in the Cathedral in Mexico City. Many believe that the fact that the image remains intact on a coarse fabric woven of a cactus-like plant that ordinarily deteriorates within a few years is further indication of the miraculous nature of the image. The symbolic significance of the image include Mary's complexion, which is similar to that of the Indians who were native to the region, her pregnancy, the gold stars adorning her blue mantle that representing the heavens, the purple tassels of her sash signifying royalty.

December 18                     Mary's Expectation

December 25                     Christmas Day

December 26                     Feast of the Holy Family

JANUARY

January 1                             Mary, Mother of God

January 2                             Our Lady of Antipolo

FEBRUARY

February 2                          Feast of Our Lady of the Candles (Candelaria)

Jara, Iloilo City: The biggest and most opulent religiuos pageanty in Western Visayas. The blessing of candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta queen and her court which highlights the celebration.

February 11                        Our Lady of Lourdes

MARCH

March 25                             Feast of the Annunciation

APRIL

April (2nd week)              Our Lady of Manaoag (Pangasinan)

Manaoga, Pangasinan: Annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag. Known to local pilgrims / tourists as miraculous, the Virgin's image has become one of Manaoag's main attractions. Pilgrims' vehicles are blessed every Saturday.

MAY

May 12                                 Our Lady of the Abandoned (Marikina, Santa Ana)

May 13                                 Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

May 19                                 Nuestra Señora de Guia (Ermita Church)

The whole month of May

Santacruzan Nationwide
The Santacruzan is a procession commemorating St. Helena's finding the "True Cross"; preceded bya nine-day Novena in honor of the Holy Cross. On the ninth day, usually on a weekend, the Santacruzan is held. The Reina Elena, accompanied by a little boy representing King Constantine, and the other sagalas representing biblical characters and the attributes of the Blessed Virgin, walk under gaily decorated arches.

Antipolo Pilgrimage

Antipolo, Rizal
A month-long celebration that brings devotees and pilgrims to venerate the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage enshrined in Antipolo Church and afterwards, picnic to nearby Hinulugang Taktak.

JUNE

June 27                                 Our Lady of Perpetual Help

JULY

July 2                                     Our Lady of Piat (Cagayan)

Visitation of Our Lady

July 16                                   Our Lady of Mount Carmel

AUGUST

August 15                            The Assumption of Our Lady

August 22                            Coronation of Our Lady

SEPTEMBER

September 8                      Nativity of Our Lady

Third Saturday of September – Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Naga City, Camarines Sur
A religious festival held in hornor of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Bicol's most revered patrones highlighted by the fluvial procession of the Lady's image down the Bicol river. The week-long-celebration includes civic-military parade, sportsfests, exhibits, cultural shows, beauty pageants and colorful competitions.

September 12                   Holy Name of Mary

September 15                   Our Lady of Sorrows