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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our Lady of Candles Feastday, Jaro Iloilo

Today marks the Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria and now as the NATIONAL SHRINE of Our lady of Candles. 

On February 21, 1981, the image of Our Lady of Candles was canonically crowned by Blessed Pope John Paul II on April 2, 1982, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria was named Patroness of Western Visayas.

I celebrated mass early today at the Grotto side, main altar was full pack, lot's of devotees visit the church, line up to offer prayers and to see the patronal image at the balcony/veranda. We also did a "Palapak or Patapak", an ritual blessings wherein the patronal image is placed over our heads by a minister.

Thousand of devotees of Our Lady of Candles buy "Perdon"candles, which the Jaro Cathedral produced and help indigent families to sell candles for them to gain.

This yearly fiesta is being highlighted with garden shows, exhibits, carnivals, concerts, beauty pageant, cockfighting derbies, the procession of the patroness and blessings of candles. 

In today's feast, the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral was formally declared as a national shrine and will be known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles. The mass was celebrated by Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) approved the declaration of the Jaro Cathedral into a national shrine last July 16, 2011.

The streets in Jaro that surround the plaza outside the church is full of street vendor selling foods, toys, images of Santo Niño and other stuff.

Solemn Procession at 4:30pm
Coronation of Majesty Queen Erika Joyce Demasu-ay at 8:30 pm at Jaro Gym 

Happy Fiesta!
Viva! Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

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