A high mass will be held at noon today, October 12, at the Santa Cruz Parish in Manila, in solemn observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Pillar.
The Eucharistic celebration will be streamed live. Only about 80 persons will be allowed inside the church.
On Sunday, October 18, Manila Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will celebrate a high mass at the church at 10 a.m. in honor of Our Lady of Pillar. Devotees may join the holy mass online as only a limited number of churchgoers will be allowed inside the church.
In Zamboanga City, where the image of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar has been venerated for almost four centuries, a holy mass will be offered at her shrine in Fort Pilar.
Special masses in honor of Our Lady of Pillar will also be offered in Imus, Cavite; Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Las Pinas City; Morong, Bataan; and Pilar, Capiz.
At her major shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain, where miraculous healings had been reported for centuries, the “pillar” or column which was believed to be the one used by the Blessed Mother when she appeared in a vision to St. James the Greater in 44 A.D. has been a point of pilgrimage for many years.
According to accounts, St. James was making very little progress spreading the Gospel in Spain during the early days of the Church. The Blessed Mother, who was still living in Jerusalem at the time, bi-located and appeared to him in a vision atop a pillar carried by angels and encouraged him to continue his apostolate and evangelization work. The pillar is believed to be the same one venerated in Spain today.