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A first in PH: Parañaque bishop grants coronation to St. Joseph image

A first in PH: Parañaque bishop grants coronation to St. Joseph image

The Las Piñas Church’s old statue of St. Joseph during a procession in Manila on Dec. 1, 2019. PHOTO BY MICHAEL DALOGDOG/CBCPNEWS

By CBCP News

November 6, 2020

Manila, Philippines

For the first time in the Philippines, a Josephian image will be honored with episcopal coronation.

Bishop Jesse Mercado of Parañaque approved such coronation of the centuries-old statue venerated at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Joseph in Las Piñas City.

Msgr. Roberto “Bobby” Olaguer, the parish priest, made the announcement during a Mass to celebrate the parish’s 225th anniversary on Nov. 5.

According to him, the crowning is “a recognition of the people’s sincere devotion to St. Joseph”.

“This honor is a unique gift to our community because this is the first episcopal coronation granted to the image of St. Joseph in the Philippines,” Msgr. Olaguer said.

The Mass presided over by Bishop Mercado also opened the Jubilee Year celebration in the parish.

The baroque-inspired stone church of St. Joseph is also famous for its 19th-century bamboo organ.

Bishop Mercado elevated the church to a diocesan shrine status on February 13, 2020,

The parish is yet to announce the details, including the date, of the episcopal crowning.

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