5 Mayors & Bishop Pabillo to Lead Prayer for Consecration in Archdiocese of Manila
On May 13, the 103rd anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, at 12 noon, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, will lead Holy Mass in the Manila Cathedral to consecrate the whole Archdiocese of Manila to the Blessed Virgin.
A prayer of consecration will then be led by the mayors of the five cities that comprise the Archdiocese: Juan. Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Domagoso of Manila, Mayor Carmelita Abalos of Mandaluyong, Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay, Mayor Abigail Binay of Makati, and Mayor Francisco Zamora of San Juan.
In preparation for Consecration, on May 10, Bp. Pabillo announced a triduum (three days) of daily penance and rosary which will culminate on the common Act of Consecration on the 13th to implore the protection of the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother in this difficult time
Full Text of the Pastoral Letter of Bishop Pabillo on the Consecration of the Archdiocese of Manila to the Blessed Virgin Mary:
My dear people of God in the Archdiocese of Manila,
We have started the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ESQ) last March 15. Now the month of May is upon us. We never thought then, that the quarantine would be so long. We have accepted the lockdown for the sake of the common good, though by now it is taking its toll on us. There is restlessness, and even fear, mostly because of its economic effects. Many people are unsure of their future.
It is in this situation that we need to be strong with the strength that comes from above. St. Paul wrote: “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10). This strength no longer comes from him.
As we enter the month of May, what comes to our mind is the Blessed Virgin Mary.
May is the month of Mama Mary. We have many fiestas of our Lady on this month. We have the Flores de Mayo celebrations.
We will all miss these this year. Nevertheless, let us keep the month of May as a Marian month. During this month let us intensify the devotion to our Blessed Mother in our homes.
We can decorate the altar of Mama Mary. We can daily pray the Holy Rosary as a family. We may not be able to offer flowers but we can daily offer some small good deed to Our Mother.
As we try to do these individually in our homes, let us also do something together as an Archdiocese. The main patron of our Archdiocese is the Immaculate Conception. We are a Marian local church.
On May 13, which is the 103rd anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, at 12 noon, we will have a Holy Mass in the Manila Cathedral during which we will consecrate the whole Archdiocese of Manila to the Blessed Virgin. The prayer of consecration will be done by all of the faithful of the Archdiocese to be led by the mayors of the five cities that comprise the Archdiocese: Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Makati,