MANILA, Philippines - For providing 400 years of "maternal protection" to the oldest Catholic university in Asia, Mother Mary gets a living, breathing tribute from the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
|The University of Santo Tomas. Photo by Jose Wendell Capili.
On December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, more than 20,000 Thomasians will come together to build what may be the world's largest living rosary.
A Facebook page, titled UST QRosary, was created to encourage UST students, faculty and alumni to take part in the historic event. (View event here.)
"Having been named 'Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario' at the time of its inception, the University of Santo Tomas has had a long history of devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, patroness of the Dominican Order," the Facebook page read.
It added, "This grand Marian event, while at the same time an attempt to a Guinness world record of the largest human rosary, is intended to be a statement of UST's unchanging love and devotion to the Mother of God."
Those who will participate in UST's living rosary event will congregate along Arellano Drive, Ceferino Gonzales Drive, Osmeña Drive, A. Albert Drive, Quezon Drive, Leon Ma. Guerrero Drive and Araullo Drive, and within Plaza Mayor and Plaza Intramuros inside the university's campus on España Boulevard, Mañila.
CBCPNews, the news service provider of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said those assigned to the Hail Mary beads will be wearing yellow shirts, while those tasked to be the Our Father beads, the Cross and the Center Medal will be donning blue shirts.
Those who will be the connecting chains of the living rosary, meanwhile, will be wearing white shirts.
"The grand rosary will be prayed from 4 to 5 p.m. and a mass for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will follow," CBCPNews reported.
Initially set on October 7 or the Feast of the Holy Rosary, UST's event was moved to December 8 due to unpredictable weather.