Pope approves coronation of Mary Help of Christians in Pangasinan
By Roy Lagarde
May 15, 2018
Pope Francis has approved the canonical coronation of the image of Mary Help of Christians in Pangasinan province.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said the decree, issued through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, acknowledges the faithful devotion of the people to the venerated image.
“This is a clear message of affirmation from the Holy Father that this image of the Mother of God with the Child Jesus has contributed to the growth of the Catholic faith in Pangasinan for the past ninety years,” Villegas said.
The liturgical rites of crowning the venerated image will be presided by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Dagupan City on August 22.
The image was a gift of then Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Guglielmo Piani to Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero, the first bishop of Lingayen.
The statue is currently enshrined at the chapel of of the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary in Binmaley town.
The archbishop the next few months leading to the historic ecclesial event will be a period of “historic catechesis, acts of piety and works of mercy in honor of Mary Help of Christians”.
“I call on you our brothers and sisters to consider this blessing as a challenge to love the Lord even more and seek ways to grow in holiness,” he said.
A canonical coronation is a pious institutional act wherein the Pope, through a bull, designates a crown or stellar halo be added to a Marian image under a specific devotional title in a particular diocese.
The crowning of Mary Help of Christians will be the second coronation to take place in the archdiocese after 92 years, the first image being Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.