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Caceres Archbishop joins National Consecration to St Joseph

On the Feast of St Joseph last May 1, Archbiishop Rolando J Tria Tirona, OCD joined the other Pbilippine archbishops and bishops in consecrating the Archdiocese of Caceres to St. Joseph.

Led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops’ conference, the national act of consecration was live-streamed from the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City.

The consecration began with a rosary led Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones from the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City.

In addition to the thousands who viewed the live streaming, many cathedrals allowed for limited in-person attendance consistent with physical distancing and face mask requirements.

Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD kneels in prayer as he leads the Act of Consecration to St. Joseph on May 1. Bishops all over the Philippine archipelago led the prayer of consecration to St. Joseph on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Pope Francis has dedicated the Year 2021 to St. Joseph. (Photo: screenshot from Arcdiocese of Caceres FB page)

Masses were then held in different churches across the country to celebrate the feast of Jesus’ earthly dad.

Prior to the consecration, a 33-day spiritual preparation was set up in the country’s 86 dioceses.

In Cebu, Archbishop Jose Palma said that the consecration to St. Joseph is also asking him to help us love the virtues that strengthen families, churches and communities.

“We find meaning in coming to St. Joseph. In believing that just as he was called by God to be the guardian of the Holy Family, we plead for his intercession to journey with us, to assist us in difficult times,” Palma said.

“We come to St. Joseph in this Act of Consecration. It is our way of saying, ‘St. Joseph, just as God has appointed you to care for the Holy Family, make us as well your family,’” he said.

To foster more devotion to the spouse of the Blessed Virgin, Pope Francis had declared a year dedicated to St. Joseph in December 2020.

The consecration of the nation to St. Joseph is one of the initiatives launched on the occasion of the special year, which culminates on Dec. 8, 2021.

The celebration was also aimed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX. with News from CBCP

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