Santa Marian Kamalen brought to island villages as part of reconsecration

The historic statue of Santa Marian Kamalen was brought to island villages, passing all of Guam’s Catholic churches. (PNC file photo)

Despite light rain showers, the island’s Catholic faithful lined the streets and watched from their homes as Santa Marian Kamalen made its way through the island’s villages and churches as part of the reconsecration ceremony.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes reconsecrated our island to the Blessed Virgin Mary today in line with the Catholic Church’s efforts in the United States and Canada.

The reconsecration started with a 5 a.m. Mass, after which the historic statue of Santa Marian Kamalen was brought to island villages, passing all of Guam’s Catholic churches.

This was the first time that the image was taken down from its niche at the Cathedral-Basilica for other than the annual celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception every Dec. 8.

Archbishop Byrnes asked all the faithful to remain united in prayer and to look to the model of deep faith and devotion.

The faithful were encouraged to stand outside their respective homes in prayer or even by the roadsides and where applicable, wave should they see the passing vehicle carrying the statue of Santa Marian Kamalen. Everyone was asked to strictly adhere to safety protocols related to COVID-19 and keep distances of at least six feet from one another.

The reconsecration was done in unity with the Catholic Church in the United States which will reconsecrate itself to Mother Mary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has afflicted the U.S. and many parts of the world.

Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, invited all U.S. bishops to join him on May 1 (May 2 for Guam due to the time difference) in reconsecrating the U.S. to the Blessed Virgin Mary amid the difficulties of the global pandemic.

The consecration of Guam and the U.S. will take place at the same time the bishops of Canada will consecrate their country to our Blessed Mother.

In a letter to U.S. bishops, Archbishop Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, said, “Every year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic.”

Italy’s bishops said they would also be consecrating their country to Mother Mary.