ARCHDIOCESE of Cebu officials urged the faithful to join the Grand Marian Procession on Oct. 13 as both a sacrifice and prayer for forgiveness and peace, especially with the problems the country faces today.
Some 30,000 devotees and parishioners of the different parishes in Cebu are expected to join the penitential walk, which will require several road closures and traffic rerouting along the procession route.
The procession will be held as part of the activities for the “Jubilee Year of Fatima,” which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the children in Fatima, Portugal.
The procession will start at the Provincial Capitol at 8 p.m. and will end at the Basilica del Sto. Niño where a mass will be celebrated.
“We are calling all the faithful to join this procession for we are celebrating the Jubilee year in communion with the church,” said Msgr. Ruben Labajo, adding that the evening procession hopes to give the faithful the Fatima experience.
It will also be a sacrifice and prayer for forgiveness and peace, Labajo said.
“We will pray to the Blessed Mother with the intention that the social problems that threaten us all shall stop,” he said.
The event is being organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity.
Seventeen carrozzas will join the procession: Immaculate Conception, Nativity of Mary, Nuestra Sra. de los Remedios, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Consolation, Mary Help of Christians, Virgen sa Barangay, Virgen Delos Desamparados, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady Queen of China, Our Lady of the Rule, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a float carrying the image of Our Lady of Fatima.
“Every time we hear about the apparition, we focus on the event itself but we must also listen to her message. Let us always bear in mind that Mary’s message during her last apparition in Fatima was for us to pray the rosary to obtain peace in the world—and this walk is for prayer, penance, and peace,” Labajo said.
Participants are encouraged to bring rosaries, umbrellas, candles and white handkerchiefs for the Eucharistic celebration after the procession.
In a press conference last Wednesday, the organizing committee advised the public that one lane of Osmeña Blvd. will be closed starting 7:30 p.m. for the procession. Other road closures and rerouting will be in effect until 11:30 p.m.
Security measures and traffic management concerns are being addressed in coordination with the local police and the Cebu City Government. (TLN)