September 8: Celebrating Mama Mary’s Birthday

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Our Lady of Light Parish, Loon, Bohol

In honor of Mama Mary’s birthday, hubby and I traveled more or less 30 kilometers from the city where we live in. We went to the Our Lady of Light Parish, in Loon, Bohol, yesterday September 8th.

It was our second visit.

We knew that a lot of people will be lining up just to get a glimpse of the Virgin Mary. So, we left early. Fortunately, we got there before the mass started, so we really had a chance to find seats. After the mass, like all other devotees, we lined up. It was a fulfilling experience to visit her again!

Because the mass was already starting, I hurriedly took pictures of the Our Lady of Light. The images below are not that great. But the important thing is I have kissed and touched her.

Our Lady of Light

Our Lady of Light

She is our light when all we see is darkness

She is our light when all we see is darkness

Can't help but take a pic

The Crucifix. Can’t help but take a pic

To know a little history about Our Lady of Light, you can check out this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28994831@N08/3186105529/

After kissing her image, we also gave ourselves a break. We dropped by at a bridge in Maribojoc to enjoy our snacks and of course, some picture taking.

mud. mud. mud

mud. mud. mud

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reflections

Hubby's busy munching his hopia. Notice the crack?

Hubby’s busy munching his hopia. Notice the crack?

Me

Me

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's just me!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s just me!

Me again

Me again

birds on wire

birds on wire

After taking pictures, we also went to a chapel in Cortes, Birhen sa Kanunayng Panabang (Mother of Perpetual Help). My in-laws are a devotee and hubby has passed this on to me and my children. So, before going home, we dropped by there.

You might notice candles placed on the altar. These are candles with various prayers / dedications from people who visited the chapel. Some are prayers for passing board exams, prayers for guidance and lots of other things.

Birhen sa Kanunayng Panabang chapel in Cortes, Bohol

Birhen sa Kanunayng Panabang chapel in Cortes, Bohol

After lighting some candles and saying our prayers, it has been always been a tradition to have place Mama’s Mary’s picture frame on our heads, shoulders, hearts (just for a few seconds, though).  If you take a look at the frame below, you’ll notice that the sides and the bottom part are becoming dark in color, this just symbolizes how a great number of people are actually doing this tradition.

During our first few years of marriage, times were really hard (especially with financial matters). But one of the reasons that kept me and my husband going is our faith. We visit here a couple of times every year.

If you haven’t been here, hope you’ll visit this chapel someday (and I swear my prayers were answered)!

Mother of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help

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