San Fabian – 27 November 2009. The more than 50 corros or Cenacle Groups of 30 members came together to celebrate the Feast of the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A procession was held at 5:00 AM with the different corros brining with them their statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The members of the families of each corro took part in the procession. The Holy Mass was celebrated after the procession.
Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, celebrated the Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Miraculous Medal
The Miraculous Medal comes directly from the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother; it is a gift from heaven which has never ceased to effect marvels of grace throughout the entire world. This medal is a very simple and very efficacious means to benefit from the protection of Mary in all our necessities, both spiritual and temporal.
On November 27, 1830, in a residence of the Daughters of Charity, at the Chapel of the Rue du Bac in Paris, the Most Blessed Virgin appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré (1806-1876) for the second time. On this day the Queen of Heaven was seen with a globe under Her feet and holding in Her hands, at the level of the heart, another smaller globe, which She seemed to be offering to Our Lord in a gesture of supplication. Suddenly, Her fingers were covered with rings and beautiful jewels; the rays from these streamed in all directions.
“Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us”
The Blessed Virgin looked down on the humble novice who was contemplating Her. “Behold,” She said, “the symbol of the graces that I bestow on those who ask Me for them. The jewels which remain in the shadows symbolize the graces that one forgets to ask Me for,” the Virgin continued. And Catherine Labouré wrote later, “She made me understand how generous She is towards persons who pray to Her, how many graces She grants those who ask Her for them, and what joy She has to bestow them!” Then there formed around the Mother of God an oval background on which was written in gold letters: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.
Corro 1, the oldest Circle, at almost 70 years old
The oldest corro or circle of members of 30 families is Corro 1. It was formed in the late 1930’s. The present members of Corro 1 are the children of the original members of Corro 1. The first corro in San Fabian is thus more than 70 years old.
Mr. Wenceslao Sagun narrated that during the Japanese time, i.e., 1941-1945, the statue which Corro 1 members are keeping today, was under his family’s care. It was hidden and protected by the Sagun family during the whole duration of World War II.