By Christina Hermoso
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. will preside over a high mass at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the San Isidro parish on Taft Avenue, Pasay City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, peasants, agricultural workers, and of Madrid, Spain.
A procession will be held at 3 p.m. Novena masses were held from May 6 to 14.
More than 150 parishes and several municipalities across the country will hold commemorative masses and feast rites in honor of the well-loved Spanish saint, who is also known as Saint Isidore the Farmer.
Festivities will be held in Pulilan, Bulacan, and Angono, Rizal, where the Carabao Festival, which features kneeling carabaos in front of the church, has become a much-awaited spectacle. Quezon Province, Lucban’s colorful “Pahiyas” Festival, Sariaya’s “Agawan” Festival, and the “Mayohan” sa Tayabaswill be celebrated. The “Kangga” Festival will be held in inMogpog, Marinduque, while the “Bariw” Festival will be held in Nabas, Aklan. Rites will also be held in Liliw and Luisiana, Laguna and in Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
Born in Madrid, Spain, San Isidro was a hardworking farmer and laborer who put God at the center of his life. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession. He died in the year 1130. His wife, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, is also well-venerated in Spain to this day.