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Family Rosary - Philippines CHEER, DANCE, SING FOR MARY

8/13/2012

The heavy downpour in the late afternoon of June 25 did not stop the faithful from patiently gathering at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to be part of the A Million Roses for the World Prayer Rally. The same kind of atmosphere was felt when the project was launched in October 2011 at the University of Santo Tomás Grounds. Perhaps it is a sign of the abundant blessings and graces that will come from Our Lady as we offer our rosary for world peace.

The event titled, “Cheer, Sing, Dance for Mary,” was a unique prayer rally with area youth sharing their talents of cheer dancing, hip hop dancing, jazz and ballet numbers, all specially choreographed to honor Our Lady.

The afternoon began with a motorcade of our Lady of La Naval from the historic Sto. Domingo Church to the coliseum escorted by men in uniform and other devotees. As it entered the coliseum it was welcomed by Caracol dancers in their native costumes and representatives of the Marine Corps in a parade of colors.

As the Image of La Naval took centerstage, the mood inside the coliseum shifted to a peaceful, solemn atmosphere as everyone prepared for the praying of the Rosary. Rosary reflections on the Joyful Mysteries were led by Fatima Soriano, a blind devotee, Teresita Lazaro of the Urban Poor, Ligaya Lintawagin of the Indigenous Peoples, Msgr. Dan Sta. Maria and Cris Tiu, athlete and TV Host. Rosary leaders included: Fr. James Phalan, CSC, Director of Family Rosary International, who flew in from the US to join us for the event, celebrities Tweetie De Leon Gonzales and Christine Jacob-Sandejas with her children, Lito & Beng Atienza of Couples for Christ and orphaned children from Bahay Maria. Each decade was interspersed with a marian song that highlighted the 70-member choir from Novo Concertante Choir, Christ the King Youth Choir and the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir.

The event was capped with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan who enticed the faithful in proclaiming, Thank God I am a Filipino! Thank God I am a Catholic! He explained that all material things in this world will soon fade away but prayer stays in the heart and Filipinos are known the world over for their prayer power.

This 200-day campaign by the Family Rosary Mission Staff, reached the four corners of the world with support from prayer groups from Russia to the United States and beyond, truly furthering Father Peyton’s famous slogan, A World At Prayer Is A World At Peace.