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Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption

 

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”- Luke 1: 46-47

Gathered together as one Ignacian Marian community, Lourdes College celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 15th of August 2017 at St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral. This special celebration was presided by Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma SJ, DD, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro and concelebrated by Fr. Stanislav Orency, SVD.

With her Assumption, we can understand that Mary, because of her commitment to motherhood and her personal submission to God, shows her uniqueness as the mother of Jesus Christ in the history of salvation. Archbishop Ledesma recognized Mary as the Protectress of our Christian Community in his homily. Furthermore, he said that Mary is the bridge of interreligious dialogue that will bring greater understanding, especially among Christians and Muslims during this time of crisis in Marawi City and the rest of Mindanao. He challenged us to always remember that Mary will bring us all together.

This year is also the 5th centennial anniversary of the Apparition of Our Blessed Mother in Fatima who teaches us the same message as the gospel today; to always pray the holy rosary; to pray for the conversion of sinners; to repent and ask for power of transformation that we, too, may become worthy to be called sons and daughters of Mary and also be called sons and daughters of God.

The mass as well served as a chance for the personnel to renew their vows of commitment to the Lourdes College Community in continuously giving a profound effect to each and every impressionable young mind and soul of the Lourdes College community. The celebration ended with a floral offering by the students and personnel to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In the end, we are all reminded not only to give praise and thanks to the Lord Almighty but to our Mother Mary as well; to recognize that because she is the mother of God, she is also the mother of each and every one of us who intercedes in order for us to grow closer to the Triune God as individuals and as a community. (Jovee Marie S. De Asis & Famela Clarice P. Paghasian – Blue Sash Senior High Correspondents)

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