Laetitia In Vita Eterna
The success of the event is not possible without the dedication and hard work of the Capuchin brothers and lay faithful who collaborated in this momentous occasion. Last September 5, a thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration was held in the Shrine by the Provincial Commission on the Canonical Coronation. It was a simple event where those who labored diligently were honored for their selfless dedication and commitment to this endeavor.
The newly crowned image of Our Lady of Lourdes is now beautifully placed in her canonical throne in the National Shrine and she will be staying there until the Solemnity of the Immaculate Concecption. Many devotees visit her daily, praying, crying, whispering petitions of faith and hope, admiring her beauty as queen and mother. Her image is a true testament to the faith and commitment of many who love her ever since the beginning of the devotion in Intramuros more than a hundred years ago. May her presence remind everyone that, even though we face great trials in this time, there ‘s always hope to hold on to, and may her promise to St. Bernadette Soubirous echo in our hearts…that our real joy is not in this world but in life eternal.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes…pray for us!