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:


About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

2 Responses to 1st National Marian Prayer Congress in Lipa, Batangas on September 8-12, 2010

  1. ernesto l. villavert says:

    I discern that these things happening- a surge of interest regarding the Holy Mother of God is a precursor to a great event that is unfolding before our very eyes. Before the first coming 2000 yrs ago of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, there was Mary who carried Him in her womb. In His 2nd coming, our dear Mother, Mary again will configure and pave the way for her, Son, calling to us, her children to renew our devotion to her and pointing to us the right direction to her Son, Jesus. She is the Woman in Genesis who will crush the head of the serpent who has for so long deceived the world. So it is said,so it has to happen. Let us stand out and be counted!


    doc ernie

  2. Jo Salvana says:

    Hi, how wonderful that so many of Mother Mary’s devotees will be praying together at the 1st Marian Prayer Congress. Congratulations and all best wishes to the Congress organizers and partticipants! May we all pray the Rosary for our Nation, united in spirit – as we are able, when and where we are able – imploring Our Mother’s intercession to help every Filipino citizen to do his/her part (from our President to our pre-schoolers) in building a truly and evermore “just and humane Philippine society” and a universal civilization of life, truth, and love. Let us bring to her motherly heart all the concerns we have as one Filipino people and ask her to take us by the hand towards the solution of our country’s problems and our living true to our identity as the only country in this part of the world which has a Catholic majority. “Together with Mary, disciples of Christ we are, bringing his name and his love both near and far. We work for his reign over land, and air, and sea, over all of Creation, in every heart, in every home, in you and me, throughout the world, for all eternity!”

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