Honoring the Virgin Mary
Beautiful Carpets for the Virgin
May 24, 2012 - El Salvador
In many countries in Latin America, May is the month when we celebrate Mother’s Day. At NPH El Salvador, we also celebrate our mother in heaven, Virgin Mary. For some time now, our children here and staff started nine days of prayers honoring our mother in heaven. Usually we start our daily activities in the chapel with the Holy Rosary prayer, but today we started our day a little different.Our boys and girls from seventh, eighth and ninth grade, the year of service from our boys and girls, and the baby’s house prepared a nice representation of the Virgin Mary that they will use to create wonderful “alfombras” or colorful, artistic, and intricate carpets that depict our mother in heaven.
They started at 5:00 am to draw in the main street from our home down the path that goes to the chapel. All the “alfombras” were colored, decorated and painted with so much dedication, love and care, as a mother deserves. Time was passing by, and every piece was taking a unique shape and view. Everybody was working so hard and putting all their effort forth. It is amazing to see that they don’t care about the heat of the sun, or the hard work as they make everything with all their love.
At 10:00 o’clock we started the walk to the chapel. I am sure the Virgin Mary was watching us from heaven, and she was very happy to see all her little boys and girls walking with her and honoring all her love.
Father Javier, from the nearby town came for mass. It was his first time in our home, and he was very surprised to see the beautiful work that our children made to honor Virgin Mary. He was impressed in how our children behaved at mass and how reverent they were on the walk and taking care of the “alfombras.” He gave us a beautiful sermon, teaching us about the avocations of Virgin Mary, about how we should love one another, and that it is the best way to show her how much we love her.
As in every activity, I am very proud of all my children, and I am sure that everybody around here shares the same feeling.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you and especially to our mother in heaven.