Linangitan is outlined within the CHamoru-English Dictionary by Topping, Ogo, and Dungca as “heavenly, elegant, resembling heaven.” I’ve at all times heard this time period utilized in reference to Our Woman. It’s usually cited in novenas as a lavish type of reward for the Mom of Our Lord, who represents the paragon of admirable advantage. In CHamoru, this phrase can also be used to explain virtuous girls. It’s an honorific title we reserve for our personal moms, grandmothers, and godmothers as a logo of our respect and tribute to the maternal figures in our lives.
Immediately is Mom’s Day. What a lovely approach to have a good time moms by recognizing their Marian attributes and paying them honor. Everyone knows that not each mom has acted in heavenly methods, beginning with Eve. My level is that one rises above all girls to rightfully declare that coveted title, the Queen of Heaven and Earth herself. To us devotees on Guam and all through the Marianas, she is called Santa Marian Kåmalen. To different believers the world over, she is thought by many different names. To her son, she was Nåna.
I usually marvel how that modest younger Jewish girl who lived over 2000 years in the past and have become a humble carpenter’s spouse would really feel if she knew, when she stated YES to God’s plan for her, that she would change into essentially the most revered girl on earth. Many royal personages have tried to emulate her virtuosity and steal the limelight from her unassuming presence by their very own declare to advantage. None have succeeded. She has proven us that you just don’t should be wealthy and well-known to be queen.
My earliest childhood recollections of Santa Maria had been of her crowning within the month of Might. I keep in mind that a younger lady from the parish or Cathedral Grade College could be chosen to crown her statue with flowers throughout mass on Might 1st. We might sing the favored hymn, “O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms at present, queen of our individuals, queen of our land …” We additionally topped Santa Maria at nåna’s house as we prayed the rosary every night time throughout her month; every of us kids within the household jockeying to be chosen to do the crowning.
To today, we proceed to apply the ritual of crowning Santa Marian Kåmalen each night time throughout her novena main as much as her feast day on December eighth. One of many angels is chosen to crown her with flowers at the start of the Mass. And once more, in the course of the novena, the angels and archangels collect round on the foot of the altar to pay her homage. Their stunning voices fill the church with “chålao nanan mami, I abe Maria, paopao na nina’e i taotao-mu siha.”
This previous Saturday, Might 2nd on Guam – Might 1st elsewhere, Catholic archdioceses world wide rededicated themselves to Our Woman. Archbishop Byrnes started this commemorative day on our island with a Mass at 5 a.m. Shortly thereafter, one thing fairly outstanding occurred. Church leaders introduced Santa Marian Kåmalen down from her throne on the Cathedral-Basilica, put her on the again of a pickup truck and took her for a drive across the island to go to her kids.
This had by no means been performed earlier than. We’ve got at all times come to her. However due to the corona (crown) virus, we now have needed to keep house. And so, she got here to us. She heard our “mayday, mayday” misery name and answered. “I’m right here.” We lined the streets in masks, waving white handkerchiefs and showering her with flowers. Our Queen visited us in a pickup, how cool and island-style is that. We laughed, we cried! The resounding message I heard all through the day on social media may be summed up this manner, “please, let this be our island large Might crowning ritual within the years to return.“
Biba Santa Marian Kåmalen, etmås Linangitan na Nåna!
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