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Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS
FOR the past ten years, a Marian group has been promoting devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Leche and Buen Parto using the image of the Breastfeeding Madonna. From its very beginning, I have been with the group. We have distributed the attractive statue of Our Lady lovingly feeding Baby Jesus close to her exposed breast to over 20 Churches and Chapels.
The President of our Movement, Mrs. Remedios Gonzales, has conscientiously been contacting parishes if they are interesting in having a statue. She obtained endorsement from His Eminence Cardinal Sin and from Cardinal Rosales as well. Many times during the year, our small group then would go to a parish to deliver the statue and have it blessed during a Sunday Mass. We distribute novenas to Our Lady of La Leche (in English and Pilipino). The smaller statues, pins, medals and booklets we sell by the door are often sold out. We have received many letters from mothers who joyfully relate that they are now pregnant or had a successful delivery because they had been using the Novena prayers.
On Oct 11, we will have our annual celebration of the Feast of OLL at Harrison Plaza Chapel where the original statue that Mrs. Gonzales inherited from her uncle (a statue sent to him from Spain in the early 1900’s) is located. The Holy Mass will be at 5:30 pm. Bianca, a mother who successfully delivered her baby through her devotion to OLL, will give a brief sharing, followed by blessing of the mothers. To end the celebration, we will say the following prayer for Breastfeeding Mothers.
Prayer for breastfeeding mothers
Dear Lady of La Leche, Mother of Mothers, we ask you to bestow your special blessing upon all the mothers present here who are breastfeeding the little one they received from the Father in heaven. You granted them the privilege of motherhood so that we ask you to give them the physical and spiritual strength that they need to exercise their duty to their baby through the selfless act of breastfeeding. By your loving grace, teach them the proper way to nourish the life that they brought out into this world. Please inspire them with the motherly sentiments that you felt when you also nursed your child, Jesus. By your example, please help them to nourish their child to perfect health by fulfilling their blessed duty of breastfeeding that God has so ordained.
Panalangin para sa isang ina na nagpapasuso
Mahal na Ina ng La Leche, Ina ng mga Ina, hinihiling po namin na bigyan mo ng espesyal na grasya ang lahat ng ina na nagpapasuso sa kanilang sanggol na nandirito ngayon. Salamat po sa biyaya ng pagiging ina na inihandog ninyo sa kanila. Ipagkaloob din po sana ninyo sa kanila ang lakas na pisikal at spiritual na kailangan nila upang magampanan ang kanilang tungkulin sa kanilang maliit na anak sa pamamagitan ng pagpapasuso. Sa tulong ng iyong grasya, Ituro mo po sa kanila ang tamang pag-aaruga sa iniluwal nilang sanggol sa mundong ito. Bigyan mo po sila ng inspirasyon tulad ng dinama ninyo nang kayo ay nagpasuso sa iyong anak na si Hesus. Sa pamamagitan ng iyong halimbawa, tulungan mo po sila na matutunan ang tamang paraan ng pagpapasuso na iniatas ng Panginoon upang mabigyan ng kalusugan ang kanilang sanggol.
Feel free to copy these prayers and distribute it to others. For more information and materials on devotion to OLL, contact Mrs. Remedios “Baby” Gonzales – 0917-815-6524