An article by Sr. Mary Emmanuelle Cruz, OP
The Rosary Pilgrimage with the Monastery of the Order was celebrated for two days designated on March 10 and 11 at the Queen of Angels Monastery, Bocaue, Bulacan. The 1st day was celebrated with the Members of the Dominican Family of the Province and the 2nd day with the lay faithful, youth, family and friends of the Monastery. This is part of the continuous celebrations of the Jubilee of the Order where the Nuns are participating by praying the rosary together with and for the brothers and sisters of the Order all over the world where the contemplative life of the nuns is of greatest benefit to the apostolate which the Dominican family exercises as a whole.
For the first time in the history of our Monastery, we held this event and were blessed by the visit of the Pilgrim Image of the Our Lady of La Naval of the Sto. Domingo Church enthroned in our chapel for five days. On March 9, the day the Image of Our Lady of La Naval arrived in the Monastery, Rev. Fr. Roland Mactal, OP, prior of Sto. Domingo Convent at Quezon City who accompanied the entourage celebrated the Holy Eucharist. From that day on many people came everyday to visit the Image and to pray the rosary with the community.
As of the Rosary Pilgrimage, we pray as the Living Rosary on Luminous Mysteries with reflections, petitions and periods of silent meditation while listening on Instrumental Marian Hymns accompanied by the invited Bulacan Liturgical Chamber Orchestra. This was followed by a solemn procession carrying the Jubilee Candle and the little Image of Our Lady of the Rosary (with it is the “Pilgrim Rosary” from the Monasterio de Santa Cruz in Vitoria, Spain) to the chapel for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The Rev. Prior Provincial, Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, presided the Mass for the Dominican Family and Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, OP, the parish priest of Santisimo del Rosario Parish of University of Santo Tomas, Manila for the Lay Faithful. The homilies on those three subsequent days were very inspiring minding “this great Marian devotion of praying the rosary that gets its root from our spirituality and preaching as Dominicans is due to the love of St. Dominic for the church. The rosary is the gift, which we, Dominicans give to the church and share with others. We continue to promote this devotion and the preaching of the Gospel and therefore foster the contemplative life of the faithful that enrich the church and society.”
We did not only pray together but also celebrated our fraternity in our Dominican Family as we welcomed the different members of the Congregation of Apostolic Sisters, Student Brothers, the Laity, the Youth and the Nuns of the other Monastery in Cainta who joined us. As the Father Provincial recounted in his homily, “we constantly nurture our fraternity and relationship as sisters and brothers in the family of St. Dominic, for it is something we intend, willed and consciously embrace, for it is the product of our choice. Our fraternity stands the very identity of each and every member of our Dominican Family and this we celebrate today.”
On this occasion, our community also prepared several souvenirs of T-shirts, fans, mugs with the Logo of the Jubilee. The frontage of the monastery was decorated with colorful flags and on the 2nd day, there was a display of fireworks. In addition, of course, was the enjoyable picture takings all around which everyone loved! We thank God, the Order, Our Blessed Mother and St. Dominic for all their gifts and for us, as we remain who and what we are to our brothers and sisters! We keep on to pray and celebrate!