Roman Catholics traditionally observe the month of October as the month of the Holy Rosary, which is celebrated in many parts of the country with special acts of devotion in honor of the Blessed Mother, including the holding of prayer vigils, novenas and the prayer of the Holy Rosary in parish communities.
The Marian faithful make it their duty to pray the Holy Rosary as often, if not every day, as a means of expressing their gratitude to the Blessed Mother for her maternal love, protection and intercession. In this time of crisis, the Holy Father Francis called for prayer of the healing rosary for the world for the end of the pandemic as well as for special devotion to the Blessed Mother.
The Archdiocese of Manila, Archbishop José Cardinal Advincula, called on the faithful to make a habit of praying the Holy Rosary every day, especially in October.
In the country, the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary on October 7 is the highlight of the month of the Holy Rosary. The event will be marked by Eucharistic celebrations, novenas and special prayer services. Marian processions made before the pandemic traditionally take place at this time of year.
Several festivities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary such as La Naval de Manila and the Feast of Our Lady of Manaoag will take place in October.
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