IN PHOTOS: Thomasians Celebrate the La Salud Solemnity

Story & Photos By: Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga

“She will never cease to be our Mother.”

A simple yet profoundly solemn celebration marked the feast of Nuestra Señora de La Salud today, November 17, 2022 at Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos.

Rev. Fr. Monday Benjamine Edobor, OAR, vice-president for identity, mission and formation, presided over the Holy Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Our Lady of Good Health. Twelfth graders from section NSS attended the Holy Mass with their adviser Ms. Marissa G. Sojoco, senior high school coordinator Ms. Ma. Ena Alipes and principal Ms. Marinell Ocampo.

Fr. Edobor, during his homily, briefly shared about the history of the Augustinian Recollect devotion to La Salud that dated back to the first missionaries who arrived in the Philippines. He reminded the students that every feast day of the Virgin Mary is an “opportunity to examine our relationship with Her.”

The Campus Ministry Office brought La Salud to every classroom and Fr. Edobor blessed the students. Then, two new office stock rooms were also blessed and opened.

For the Health of Thomasians. Nuestra Señora de La Salud visits the CST-R clinic. Rev. Fr. Monday Benjamine Edobor, OAR blesses the health service facility.
The Patroness. Thomasians of Grade 12 – NSS attend the Holy Mass in Honor of their Patroness. They pose here after the Mass with their adviser Ms. Marissa G. Sojoco and Fr. Edobor.
Intercession for the Sick. Fr. Edobor reflects on the Gospel: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Simple and Solemn. As Thomasians focus on their academics, the blessings of La Salud arrive at their very classrooms on her feast day.
Room-to-Room. The Thomasian community receives La Salud.
Marian Devotion. This devotion dates back to the first arrival of Augustinian Recollect missionaries in the Philippines. Though the World War II rendered it into oblivion, the new generation of Augustinian Recollect religious, teachers, students and devotees are bringing back the devotion most especially as the world recovers from a two-year pandemic.
New Stock Rooms. Thomasian office staff attend the blessing of office stock rooms located adjacent to the CST-R Cultural Center.
Additional Facilities. Fr. Edobor blesses the new facilities that will add support to service offices that cater to CST-R’s growing population.
Visit Escalera de La Salud. The Escalera in full regalia for La Salud’s fiesta today, November 17.
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