VA to celebrate feast day of San Lorenzo Ruiz on Sept. 15

Southwest Virginia’s Filipino American community, led by San Lorenzo Ruiz devotee Nilda Jaynal, will celebrate the feast day of the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, the patron saint of immigrants, on Sunday, September 15 at Saint Anthony Parish in Norton. This is a first for the parishioners.

A reception, featuring native Filipino food, pandangguhan (folk dancing and harana) and piñata, will follow the Feast Day Mass to be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Burt Sare of Sacred Heart, Richland.

Besides Jaynal, who has been a long-time advocate for the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manhattan, New York, other members of the feast day planning committee are Amor Barongan, MD, Virgie Baluyot, MD, Elsa Miranda and Beth Palabrica.

Miranda and Palabrica have also volunteered to spread the devotion to the saint among Filipino-American communities in Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively.

In preparation for the celebration, Jaynal has set an in-depth devotion to the Most Holy Rosary, which commemorates San Lorenzo Ruiz’s affiliation with the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. The nine-day novena, which consists of the 20 mysteries of the rosary, reflections, Marian hymns, and prayers to both the Blessed Mother and San Lorenzo Ruiz, started September 6 at 7 p.m.

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