Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

October 12, 1942

The novena of the Holy Rosary, which was celebrated at the new parish of Santo Tomas, this time with greater devotion and less pomp, had just ended. Although the attendance was less than last year’s, the crowd was a big one for the chapel’s capacity, and the difficulty considering transportation.

Public devotion to the Rosary is surprising and encouraging. Seemingly, it has gained momentum during the war, particularly after the image was providentially saved from the bombings of Intramuros. However, the La Naval procession was not held, as all the carriages had been burned.

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