SANTA Rita town's ongoing exhibit of Augustinian saints at the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish has been drawing a steady throng of pilgrims and visitors since its opening on Friday.
Pilgrims have been coming in from neighboring provinces and as far as Metro Manila as well as Pampanga towns. Confradia Ning Cintas, based in Santa Rita town, said that the event is in honor of the Augustinian orders who had helped shaped the history of Pampanga.
The group also aims at highlighting the all the saints under the Augustinian tradition, regardless of order, for purpose of veneration and as role models for Catholics. The exhibit is open until November 11 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The event will culminate with a grand exhibit of the participating images on November 12.
The confraternity hosts processions of saints from different Augustinian orders as well those affiliated with the Augustinian tradition. While a fairly recent organization, the Confradia ning Cintas is actually inspired by an early religious confraternity during the Spanish times in the town that promoted the novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the Augustinian title of Our Lady of Consolation.
The current confraternity continuous to observe the novena every November 4 which also coincides with the opening of the exhibit of Augustinian saints. 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."