Sunday, January 31, 2010
Nstra. Sra. Virgen Maria Alegria del Encuentro (Birhen ng Salubong)
A part of the Grand Marian Procession where each caroza is presented to the public and blessed by the presiding priest at the patio of the historical Basilica of the Immaculate Conception(Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros, Manila held on December 6, 2009.
The Major event is an annual project of the Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepcion Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration celebrating its 30th year.
Conceived and Founded by Mr. Conrado Escudero, the foundation has attracted Marian devotees from all walks of life from all over the country. The Grand Marian Procession is annually held on the first Sunday of December, nearing the Holy Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.
The Virgen Alegria del Encuentro icon, is the depiction of the Joy of Mary in meeting her Son at dawn, on the day of His Resurrection. This event is celebrated annually in all churches of the Philippines during Eastertide.
The Virgen Alegria del Encuentro also known locally as the Birhen ng Salubong, re-enacts the the event when Blessed Mother was in grief and was shrouded with a black veil while mourning for her buried Son. On the dawn of Easter, She meets her resurrected Son for the first time, and the veil is lifted by an angel and reveals the joy of the Mother of the Resurrected Christ in the Holy Encounter.
The icons are owned by Ms. Lydia Francisco.