This coming Friday, 12 May 2017, activities will be held at the University of Santo Tomas to mark the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal. These events are open to everyone, especially for members of the Dominican Family.
List of Activities (Friday, May 12, 2017)
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Praying of the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament Exposed (The Rosary will be led by the YTP Lay Dominican Fraternity, along with other parish and university groups and organizations)
UST Chapel (Santisimo Rosario Parish Church)
Solemn Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima (Main Celebrant: Most. Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr., D.D.)
UST Plaza Mayor (in front of the Main Building)
Candlelight Procession (Please bring your candles. Images of Our Lady of Fatima may also be brought)
UST Benavides Park (gardens in front of the Main Building)
Act of Consecration and Closing Rites
UST Plaza Mayor
All activities are open to the public. Please bring candles for the procession. Images of Our Lady of Fatima may also be brought for the celebration.
The event will be shown on Facebook via Live Streaming for our brothers and sisters who could not come due to their illness or location. Just follow the Facebook page of the Young Thomasian Professionals (click here).
The celebration is a project of the Santisimo Rosario Parish, headed by Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., and the UST Center for Campus Ministry, in cooperation with other parish and university groups, organizations, and offices.
As the first World War ravished Europe, on May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary began a series of apparitions to three (3) little shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco in Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal. She brought messages from heaven, primarily calling on the world to abandon their sinfulness and return to God. She also gave prophecies on what would happen to the world: the coming of the Second World War, the spread of communism, the persecution of Christians, and an attempt on the life of the Pope. The Virgin Mary called on everyone to cling to the Rosary as a powerful means of fighting evil and sin.
She continued to appear to the children until October 13, 1917, when the Lady gave a sign for the world to believe: the miracle of the dancing sun, witnessed by thousands and covered by journalists.
The Church has duly investigated these apparitions and granted them approval. Popes themselves, such as St. John Paul II, have spoken favorably of the devotion to our Lady of Fatima.
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines