Archbishop Rolando Tirona’s Penafrancia Message

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ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, O.C.D., D.D.

PENAFRANCIA 2016 MESSAGE

It is my joy to welcome all the pilgrims and devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia to the celebration of the Peñafrancia Festivity in this year 2016.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has declared this year to be a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He writes that Jesus of Nazareth is the face of the Father’s mercy (MV 1). This revelation is an invitation to an intimate communion with Jesus to know deeply God’s mercy by his words, action and person. Thus in this celebration of the Feast of our Ina, we are invited again to rediscover and find meaning in the Mystery of mercy that we experience in Christ Jesus. The constant contemplation of the mystery of mercy in our lives is wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace.

The role of our Ina is important. She is called the Mother of Mercy (Mater Misericordiae). It is through her that we find our way to her Son Jesus. To journey with her in this life is also to find our way to the Father through Jesus, her Son. To come to her aid is an assurance of the way to God’s Mercy.

May this celebration of our Feast lead us to grow more intimately into Christ and look sincerely into the eyes of our brothers and sisters, including those denied of their dignity.

I pray for meaningful Fiesta for everyone! With my blessing,

Viva La Virgen

+ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, OCD, DD