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12th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday

Feast of Our Lady of the Rose, 30 June

Other titles in Spanish: Nuestra Señora de la Rosa, Virgen de la Rosa; in Filipino: Birhen dela Rosa de Macati

The Gospel Today

When Jesus went to Capernaum, a centurion came up and pleaded with him.

‘Sir,’ he said, ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed, and in great pain.’

‘I will come myself and cure him,’ said Jesus.

The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’

Lord, I am not worthy to have you under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. ~ Prayer before communion

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this. And I tell you that many will come from east and west to take their places with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the subjects of the kingdom will be turned out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go back, then, you have believed, so let this be done for you. And the servant was cued at that moment.

And going into Peter’s house, Jesus found Peter’s mother-in-law in bed with fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and began to wait on him.

That evening they brought him many who were possessed by devils. He cast out the spirits with a word and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah: He took our sicknesses away and carried our diseases for us.

Our Lady of The Rose, Patroness of San Pedro de Makati

In 1718, Fr Juan Delgado, a Jesuit missionary, brought from Mexico to the Philippines, an ivory image of Virgen de la Rosa, and enshrined it at the Iglesia de San Pedro (now Ss Peter and Paul Parish Church) in San Pedro de Macati. On the chest of the Marian image was a reliquary containing a strand of hair of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unfortunately, the reliquary, ivory head and hands of the image were lost during the Revolution of 1899.

In 2018, celebrating its 300th year founding, the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is to take place at the parish of Ss Peter and Paul in San Pedro (Poblacion) de Makati.

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was originally an artistic expression in ancient arts. Often depicted in paintings, Mary is usually shown being crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth by her Son Jesus Christ. In 1954, Pope Pius XII granted the belief that Mary is Queen of Heaven; and the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary culminates the Rosary Prayer as its 5th glorious mystery.

In her simplicity and humility, Mary herself, perhaps, would not desire that queenship title. Through her many reported apparitions, she never depicted herself as queen; often introducing herself as the “lady” or “mother.” The “crown” of Mary can be regarded more significantly as the Holy Spirit (depicted as fire on her crown) when she received, together with the apostles of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit during the Pentecost. 

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, Son fo the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations, the Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.

The Blessed Mother gave this prayer to Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam in 1951.