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Crowning of Our Lady highlights MMTC celebration of Month of Mary

Submitted by: regina
On: 03/06/2010

 

 

Student workers, staff and Good Shepherd Sisters of the Mountain Maid Training Center (MMTC) in Baguio City concluded the celebration of Mary’s month last May 31 with the crowning of Our Lady.

A total of 180 SPES (Summer Program for Employment of Students) student workers, augmentation workers and staff attended the celebration.

The prayer service began at 7:45 a.m. at Center I. During the Introduction, it was said that “one of the traditions in MMTC is the crowning of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Queenship which was instituted by Pius XII on this date. This feast was transferred by Pope Paul VI to August 22.  We continue to observe this tradition on this date.  This tradition reflects the Church’s veneration of Our Lady and her royal dignity because of her perfect conformity to the will of God. ”

From Center I, where the recitation  of the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary began, the group moved in procession towards the Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption. During the fifth mystery, the statue of Our Lady was crowned with flowers by the youngest SPES worker--15 year-old Consolacion Galing of Natonin, Mountain Province.

The prayer service concluded with the singing of  Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above.

According to Sr. Rosemary Bacaltos RGS, the  SPES is a DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) program for out-of-school youth intending to study. Most of those in SPES are fourth year high school graduates who are accepted into MMTC Student Workers' Program . The MMTC work force is composed of SPES workers; augmentation or contractual workers are additional workers  composed of alumni/ae, mothers and out-of-school youth hired during peak seasons or as needed by Production. The staff  includes our 46 permanent workers - section heads, maintenance workers and gardeners.

Those present during the May 31 celebration form part of the 287 MMTC workers.

After the prayer service, Sr. Guadalupe Bautista RGS, local leader of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Baguio, acknowledged the 22 students who came back from a four-day apostolic journey with a community in the Cordilleras. She also announced that Sr. Cecilia Torres RGS, province leader of the Good Shepherd Sisters in the Philippines, marked on May 31, her 25th year of perpetual profession of vows.

Sr. Cecilia and the apostolic and contemplative councils were in Baguio recently for the meetings of local leaders and the Province Leadership Team (PLT).

(RK) 

 

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INTRODUCTION
Prayer Service, Mountain Maid Training Center
May 31, 2010, Baguio City 



One of our traditions in MMTC is the crowning of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Queenship which was instituted by Pius XII on this date.  This feast was transferred by Pope Paul VI to August 22.  We continue to observe this tradition on this date.  This tradition reflects the Church’s veneration of Our Lady and her royal dignity because of her perfect conformity to the will of God. 

When she completed her earthly life, she was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven and exalted as the queen of all creation.  As God the Father has crowned Christ with glory and honor, after he humbled himself even to accepting death, so he has exalted his lowly handmaid above all the choirs of angels.

She is queen and mother, because she became the mother of Jesus, our redeemer, and, by the will of God, she is our mother also, as the Church testifies that God the Father has given her to us as our mother and queen.