SAN MATEO, Rizal — The Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Aranzazu showed their devotion and belief in praying the rosary through their annual Living Rosary crusade celebrated on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7 at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu (DSPNSDA) Patio.
“Praying the rosary is very important especially to Catholics,” said Munting Sambayanang Kristiyano (MSK) Coordinator Minerva Francisco in an interview.
A Eucharistic Celebration was held before Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Larry C. Paz led the prayer to commence the rosary crusade. Various ministries and organizations from different communities participated in their color-coded shirts as they formed a human rosary while taking turns in reciting the prayers and reflecting on the Joyful Mysteries.
The participants also held and lit up candles that seem to embody the fire and commitment to praying the rosary that should never be extinguished from the hearts of the faithful.
(MSK) Coordinator Minerva Francisco, who has taken part in the yearly celebration for the second time, also shared that the MSK project that started last year aims to involve communities in praying the rosary.
“Here in San Mateo, we have this weekly activity wherein we bring a small image of the Nuestra to homes, and in that way, the families could pray to Our Lady of Aranzazu and learn how to pray the rosary,” she explained in Filipino.
The Living Rosary crusade concluded with a blessing led by Rev. Fr. Larry Paz, the singing of Salve Regina to honor Our Lady of Aranzazu, and words of gratitude from PPC Vice President Sister Sol Buenate.
The Rosary was regarded as an unofficial prayer of the Church before Venerated Saint Pope Pius V declared it as an official devotion in 1569. (Pamela Mendez)