1st National Marian Prayer Congress in Lipa, Batangas on September 8-12, 2010
Thousands of Marian devotees are expected to flock this bustling Carmelite church this September as the preparations to the 7th National Pilgrimage to Lipa step up. The annual pilgrimage to the church entrusted to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace is also tagged as the “National Day of Prayer for World Peace and for the Sanctification of the Clergy”. Featured this year is the holding of the First National Marian Prayer Congress organized by the Pueblo Amante de Maria Philippines. Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles is its president.
According to Archbishop Arguelles, the Congress will precede the September 12 pilgrimage which has drawn thousands of devotees from all over the country, attracted to the surging interest on Mary Mediatrix of All Grace. On September 8th, the Nativity of Our Lady, the congress will open with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Metropolitan Cathedral at 4:00 p.m. to be followed by a grand Marian procession. Different Marian images are expected to be brought to this Marian festival. If things will materialize, Archbishop Arguelles said that they have invited the papal nuncio to be the presider at the opening Eucharistic Celebration.
From September 9-11 at the Carmel Monastery–Mediatrix Chapel, the prayer congress proper will be held. Dr. Manfred Hanuke, President of the Mariological Society of Germany, will be the guest speaker. Dr. Manfred is a renowned Marian lecturer and author of several books on Mary. He is expected to give two conferences a day–one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The rest of the time will be spent on “Praying with Mary”, interspersed with singing and faith sharing. Each day will end with the Holy Eucharist tagged as “At the Foot of the Cross with Mary.”
On the evening of September 11, the devotees will troop to the Cathedral for an overnight vigil, capped by a Healing Mass. Early morning of September 12, the usual procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Cathedral to the proposed Mediatrix Parish, some hundred meters from the Carmel Monastery will be held. After the Benediction, there will be a Mass followed by reflections to be rendered by lay people. The month of September is called the Laity Month in the Centennial Celebration of the Diocese of Lipa.
In the afternoon, the closing mass is expected to be graced by many archbishops of the country.
Source: a poster from Pinoy Catholic: