Our Lady of Guidance(May 19)

May 18, 2012 by

May 19

Saint Mary,

Our Lady of Guidance

(Nuestra Señora De Guia)

Patroness of Mariners, Travelers


Extract from Our Lady of Guidance: “Our Lady of Guidance also known as the Nuestra Señora De Guia is enshrined in the Ermita Church. She is the titular patroness of the City of Manila. It is one of the oldest existing Marian images in the country. It was founded by a crew of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi on the shores of Manila Bay. It was assumed to have been left behind by Spanish missionaries who came to the islands earlier. The image was found lodging on the improvised altar made of Pandan palms. It was adored by natives who regarded it as a diwata. they were claiming that their ancestors owned the image. they told the Spaniards that the image has the power to make wishes come true. . . . A church document describes the images as follows: the image reveals a sarong-like bodice painted in the Chinese tradition of red, blue and gold paint… the unusual stance of the virgin, from the conservative stiffness of body line, has a bent torso very much like the Chinese goddess Kuan Yin. These characteristics shows the probability that the image may have come from an Asian or if brought by galleon traders, it could have been commissioned to an artist who gets inspiration from Asian models. After getting from the cult of pagan worship, the image was enshrined temporarily at the Manila Cathedral until a bayside church was constructed on the site it was found. In spite of its old age, the De Guia retained the ruddiness of its cheek and its youthful allure.” See PICTURE of Nuestra Senora de Guía. See also: 19 May 2011: ‘Nuestra Señora de Guia’ (Our Lady of Guidance), Our Lady of Guidance Nuestra Señora De Guia, VIDEO: Nuestra Señora de Guía: El Milagro de Las Marías, Nuestra Señora de Guia. PRAYERS to Nuestra Senora de Guia.


The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guidance, on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Shipwreck of the chartered fishing boat, Erik in the Mexican Sea of Cortez (July 3, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 18 – July 31, 2011.





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