Filipino families has been consecrated to St. Joseph on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that consecrating the families to St. Joseph “is an act of entrustment to his fatherly care, protection, and guidance.
“The goal of this consecration is to imitate St. Joseph’s virtue, example, and closeness with Christ,” the CBCP said.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David will lead the praying of the rosary and the act of consecration at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City.
All bishops from all over the country are expected to join the event online with the clergy, religious, and families from their homes. The CBCP suggested that a Eucharistic celebration be done after the consecration.
The celebration will be livestreamed through the Facebook pages of CBCP News, Radio Veritas, TV Maria and other Catholic social media platforms, and will be the closing ceremony for the “Year of St. Joseph,” which began on Dec. 8, 2019. St. Joseph was proclaimed as patron of the Universal Church.
Consecrated to St. Joseph
On May 1 this year, the CBCP has consecrated the Philippines to St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, fathers, families, and the Universal Church.
Archbishop Romulo Valles and all bishops under the CBCP “have placed the nation under the special patronage of St. Joseph on May 1, his feast day. A 33-day spiritual preparation was launched in the country’s 86 dioceses.
Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, who presided a Mass at the National Shrine of St. Joseph, urged the faithful to seek St. Joseph’s intercession to help the nation “in difficult times”.
“Our time last year, this year are difficult times that is why we find meaning in coming to St. Joseph in believing that just as he was called by God to be the guardian of the Holy Family, we plead for his intercession to journey with us and assist us in our time, in difficult times,” he said.
Pope Francis has declared the special year in honor of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX.