Maryville Subdivision homeowners engage in a vibrant religious tradition with the Mary Help of Christians procession

By Ces Villacrucis

ON THE serene Saturday afternoon of May 25, residents of Maryville Subdivision, located in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, gathered in testimony of faith and community spirit as they participated in a religious tradition.

For nine days, homeowners fervently engaged in novena prayers, culminating in a procession of the Statue of Mary Help of Christians through the streets of the neighborhood.

The novena, a period of prayer and reflection, began nine days earlier, with homeowners gathering in the chapel to offer supplications and petitions to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

During this time, a sense of anticipation permeated the air as they sought comfort and grace through their collective prayers. This became a refuge for spiritual fellowship, fostering a sense of unity and devotion among them.

When the final day arrived, the neighborhood was abuzz with anticipation of the culminating procession. The procession, led by Fr. Godofredo Atienza of the Salesians of Don Bosco and accompanied by hymns of devotion, made his way through the village, passing designated altars erected by houses along the route and pausing in the grounds of the Provincial House of Don Bosco.

As the procession reached its climax at the chapel, Fr. Atienza said the final prayer and blessing as everyone sang a final hymn. With grateful hearts they offered roses for Mama Mary.

While the event may have come to an end, its profound impact on everyone lingers, serving as a reminder of the enduring power of faith and community in the face of life’s trials and tribulations. Events like these serve as a beacon of hope and solidarity and remind us of the power of faith to unite and uplift us. (PR)

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