Sep 19, 2010

Philippines FDC on "300 Years of Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia"

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300 Years of Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Date of Issue : 8 September 2010

7p : Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, 1924
7p : Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, 2009
7p : Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine
7p : Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City

One of the many Catholic traditions is the Marian devotion. The Filipinos, especially the Bicolanos, have that devoted love for Mother Mary — the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, too.

One of her most notable names is Our Lady of Peñafrancia, more warmly called INA or Mother, to the Bicolanos. This intense devotion to Mother Mary by the Bicolanos can be traced back in Spain.

The Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is a one-week affair that starts on the second Friday of September when the miraculous Ina is transferred from her shrine to the centuries-old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. This procession is locally called traslacion where the miraculous images of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and of the Divino Rostro journey to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Naga City for a Novena and Holy Masses. This began in 1885 and ushers in the week long festivities in the locality. A nine-day novena and prayers are held in her honor. This event is considered as the biggest and most popular religious event in the Philippines.

Another nice FDC from the Philippines. Thank You very much to my friend.

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