It’s all systems go for the historic event of the 300th year of Our Lady of Peñafrancia devotion come September 2010 in Naga City. This was confirmed by Fr. Andrew Recepcion, Executive Secretary of the Tercentenary Committee.
After three years of preparation, the Archdiocese of Caceres, under the episcopacy of Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi, OP, DD, will celebrate the Grand Tercentenary Thanksgiving celebration after the Traslacion procession on September 10, 2010 at the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, together with some 50 local and foreign bishops and hundreds of priests will offer the Eucharist.
In one of the pastoral letters of Archbishop Legaspi, he said: “The Peñafrancia devotion, like the biblical mustard seed, which started in 1710 with the small community of Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias and his Cimarrones, has grown into a ‘giant tree’ whose branches extend to all the parts of the world. In fact, we can readily say that this devotion is no longer exclusive to the Bicolanos but even to non-Bicolanos who have also joyfully received the gift of devotion from the many Bicolanos around the world.”
Every September, millions of pilgrims flock to Naga to pay homage to the miraculous image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia, lovingly called “Ina,” to offer their petitions. The devotion has become so widespread that even abroad Peñafrancia celebrations are celebrated by Bicolanos and non-Bicolanos.
To mark the 300th year of the devotion, the Archdiocese has lined up various activities in the hopes that the tercentenary will pave the way for a stronger resolve among devotees to pursue common good with Ina as model of faith and service.