A day after the October 7 feast of the Blessed Mother as the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, the Ateneo de Naga Grade School and the Junior High School opened the Marian Exhibit at the Grade School Multipurpose Hall.
The exhibit, which forms part of the series of activities in the month of October, features images of the Blessed Mother under her various titles approved by the Vatican.
“The exhibit, which has been an undertaking of the school for a number of years, promotes the Catholic tradition of having devotion to the Mother of the Savior”, Mrs. Dolores Rugeria, Director of the JHS Campus Ministry, said. “This year, the Marian exhibit is a joint endeavor of the Grade School and the Junior High School. Mr. Nicomedes Sirios III, the Grade School Campus Minister, is instrumental in finding fine images to be exhibited,” Mrs. Rugeria added.
The exhibit showcases prints, painting reproductions, and statues of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), Our Lady of Montserrat, Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), Nostra Siñora di Portiuncula (Our Lady of the Angels/Portiuncula), Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies), Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/Antipolo), Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Abandoned), Divina Pastora (Divine Shepherdess), Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Sorrows), Mary, Help of Christians, Our Lady of Fatina, Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Our Lady of Immaculate Conception), Mater Dolorosa (Dolorous Mother), Nuestra Señora de la Medalla Milagrosa (Our Lady of Miraculous Medal), Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate), Nuestra Señora de la Lumen/ la Salvacion (Our Lady of the Light/Salvation), and Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia (Our Lady of Peñafrancia).
The exhibit is a form of catechesis among the students as each image is accompanied by prayers, and historical and explanatory notes about the origin of the devotion.
“This year’s exhibit is bit different from previous exhibits as the visitors are initially welcomed by the statue of St. Joseph, the Blessed Mother’s husband and Jesus’ foster father. The welcoming setup is Biblical and reminiscent of the role of St. Joseph in the life of Mary and Jesus,” Mr. Sirios explained.
The exhibit shall last for a week, and students’ visits are organized according to their classes in Values Education. (M. Tatel)