May 19 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guidance (Nuestra Señora De Guia): Patron Saint of Mariners

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guidance (Patron Saint of  Mariners) (Feast Date: May 19)

Extract from Our Lady of Guidance: “Our Lady of Guidance also known as the Nuestra Señora De Guia is enshrined in the Ermita Church. She is the titular patroness of the City of Manila. It is one of the oldest existing Marian images in the country. It was founded by a crew of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi on the shores of Manila Bay. It was assumed to have been left behind by Spanish missionaries who came to the islands earlier. The image was found lodging on the improvised altar made of Pandan palms. It was adored by natives who regarded it as a diwata. they were claiming that their ancestors owned the image. they told the Spaniards that the image has the power to make wishes come true. . . . A church document describes the images as follows: the image reveals a sarong-like bodice painted in the Chinese tradition of red, blue and gold paint… the unusual stance of the virgin, from the conservative stiffness of body line, has a bent torso very much like the Chinese goddess Kuan Yin. These characteristics shows the probability that the image may have come from an Asian or if brought by galleon traders, it could have been commissioned to an artist who gets inspiration from Asian models. After getting from the cult of pagan worship, the image was enshrined temporarily at the Manila Cathedral until a bayside church was constructed on the site it was found. In spite of its old age, the De Guia retained the ruddiness of its cheek and its youthful allure.” See PICTURE of Nuestra Senora de Guía. See also: 19 May 2011: ‘Nuestra Señora de Guia’ (Our Lady of Guidance), Our Lady of Guidance Nuestra Señora De Guia, VIDEO: Nuestra Señora de Guía: El Milagro de Las Marías, Nuestra Señora de Guia. PRAYERS to Nuestra Senora de Guia.


For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guidance on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Shipwreck of the chartered fishing boat, Erik in the Mexican Sea of Cortez (July 3, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 18 – July 31, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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