Ang origin sa devotion sa Birhen sa Regla
IYO ANTOY - Antolin dela Serna (Banat) - November 21, 2020 - 12:00am

Fiesta karon (kahulogan) sa Opon pahinungod sa among patron, Birhen sa Regla. Apan, gumikan sa pandemic, dili nato mapaabot ang pagdasok sa katawhan, mga devotee sa Mahal nga Birhen.

Apan,  una sa tanan kini unang gikan sa Internet, atong kutluon: “The origin of the devotion to the Virgen de la Regla can be traced back to St. Augustine. It was this great saint who hand-carved the first image of the Virgen de Regla and made her the patroness of the Rule of what is the present-day Order of St. Augustine.”

Laing version, The Spanish origin of the Virgin: “The devotion to Our Lady of the Rule was started by St. Augustine, the bishop of Hippo In Northern Africa. He has carved an image of Our Lady by using his own hands which was one of the relics that has survived the destruction of the city of Hippo.”

Ug kinsa man ni si San Augustine?  Ania:  “St. Augustine was the bishop of Hippo (now Annaba, Algeria) from 396 to 430. A renowned theologian and prolific writer, he was also a skilled preacher and rhetorician. He is one of the Latin Fathers of the Church and, in Roman Catholicism, is formally recognized as a Doctor of the Church.

Ug aniay dugang kasayoran gikan sa sinuwat ni Josephine Darang, giulohan Miraculous Ladyof the Rule, patroness of Opon, Cebu: Sa unang higayon ang Oponganon nakakita sa imahen sa Birhen sa Regla sa tuig 1735, sa diha nga gipakita ni Fr. Francisco Avalle, usa ka Augustinian Monk ang maong imahen sa milagrosong Birhen.

Matud ni Darang: “Father Avalle was a devotee, having lived for ten years in the Monastery Of Nuestra Señora de la Regla in Chipiona, Andalucia, Spain. St. Augustne himself venerated this image. Whe he died in 430, his monks continued the devotion to her. When the vandals invaded Africa in 433, the monks fled to Spain, taking the image with them.

Actually, kining sinuwat ni Darang, gibasi sa Novena booklet (duna gyud moy bag-ong kopya niini) pinitsahan og Feb 21, 1987, uban sa imprimatur ni Ricardo Cardinal Vidal pa, gisuwat sa 1954.

Milabay ang gatusan ka tuig diin ang imahen sa Virgin de Regla nakalimtan na, hangtud sa tuig 1330, diin ang Minahal nga Birhen nagpakita sa usa ka paring Agustinian sa dakbayan sa Leon, tapus  mabawi  ni King Ferdinand ang Spain, diin iyang gi-dedicate ang Cathedral ngadto kang Sta. Maria de la Regla.

Ang hingpit nga sugilanon, lakip na sa pagkakaplag sa imahen sa Birhen sa Regla, atong mabasa sa nobenaryo nga lagmit inyong gihuptan karon.

Daghang mga milagro nga gi-attribute ngadto sa Mahal nga Birhen, apan, gumikan sa kahagip-ot sa espasyo dili nato maasoy dinhi. Mga milagro sa una pang katuigan (1726, 1912) before and after niining maong mga tuiga.

Dugang pa: “The famous gift to the Virgin is more precious than any jewel - the receptacle of a cloth relic that is believed to have belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This relic was a gift to the church from Fr. Ambrosio Agius, Apostolic delegate to the Philippines in 1909.

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