Exhibit on images of Augustinian saints set November 3

SANTA RITA -- Images of Augustinian saints will be on display at the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish Museum on November 3 as the Confradia Ning Cintas is set to open the exhibit that will run until November 12.

The exhibit is part of the pre-events of the 7th Grand Agustinian Procession on November 13. The exhibit is for free and is open to the general public seven days a week.

The exhibit hours start from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit will bring together religious icons of the saints of the Augustinian Order decked in their fine embroidered vestments and bejeweled metal works.

The images are under the care of devotees from different parts of Pampanga who are members of the Confradia Ning Cintas. Confradia Ning Cintas, a church organization of religious devotees here, said that the event is in honor of the Augustinian Order who had helped shaped the history of Pampanga.

Pampanga is the first province organized under the Spanish rule and was effectively organized through the Augustinian missionaries who served in its various parishes and built the historic church structures of the province that still stand today.

Confradia Ning Cintas president Romy Dizon said the event is presented to bring public awareness on the values and lessons from the life and works of St. Augustine.

Dizon said that St. Augustine of Hippo was "as an early Christian theologian whose writings are considered very influential in the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy." The event also aims to honor the list of Augustinian saints, martyrs and blessed persons.

Saint Augustine is the inspiration behind the different religious orders named after him. He said people can learn valuable life lessons and values on faith through the lives of the featured Augustinian saints.

The event also aims to promote the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through her title of Our Lady of Consolation (Nuestra Señora de Consolación y Correa).

The event will be highlighted by the grand procession on November 13. Participating images will come from this town and neighboring parishes in Guagua, Bacolor, Lubao and Sasmuan, among others.
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