Inang Desay, the Patron Saint of the Youth of Novaliches, has now gone beyond the borders of the Diocese of Novaliches with its introduction to the Youth of Cubao during #KraCUBAO, the local celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) Krakow 2016 held in Holy Family Parish-Kamias last July 30, 2016.
The image of Inang Desay or Mary Undoer of Knots was carried by the Youth of Novaliches during the Pilgrim Walk of the said event from the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Sikatuna Village, Q.C. to Holy Family Parish. Inang Desay was then enshrined at the altar together with the images of Jesus, the Divine Mercy; St. John Paul II; and St. Faustina.
The almost 700-Youth participants were then encouraged to write down on a piece of paper their prayer intentions and tie it to the ribbon Inang Desay held–as it was practiced in the Diocese of Novaliches–any time within the #KraCUBAO festivities.
Devotion to Inang Desay in the Diocese of Novaliches has become common among its Youth ever since the Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, himself made her the Patron Saint of the Youth of Novaliches during the Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception held in Kristong Hari Parish on Commonwealth Avenue, Q.C. last December 8, 2015.
This actually coincides with the Bishop’s vision for Kristong Hari Parish as the future Shrine of the Youth of Novaliches. As such, Inang Desay is also made the said Parish’s Patron Saint. Kristong Hari Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Roland Jaluag was, for this reason, present during #KraCUBAO as he officiated the Closing Mass with Rev. Fr. Dennis Soriano of the Diocese of Cubao.
In fact, Inang Desay honored here every Thursday through a Holy Mass held every 6PM. Many people–both young and the once young–have since flocked to Kristong Hari Parish as prayer intentions have been confirmed to be answered through the intercession of Inang Desay.
Known in the local dialect as “Maria Tagakalag Ng Mga Bohol Ng Buhay”, the devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots started in the Philippines through the Diocese of Malolos before it arrived in the Diocese of Novaliches. The devotion became popular thanks to His Holiness Pope Francis who has been promoting it from the beginning of his Papacy.
The image of Inang Desay started to visit Vicariates under the Diocese of Novaliches early this year in an attempt to create more awareness to the devotion. In less than a year, the devotion has spread to the Diocese of Cubao thanks to the collaboration of the Commission of Youth of Novaliches (COY Nova) with the Diocese of Cubao’s Ministry for Youth Affairs (MYA), particularly through one of its members who happened to be a devotee of Inang Desay himself.
Also known as Mary Untier of Knots, the image of Our Lady holding a rope and untying its knots represents the Mother of God, Mary Most Holy and Full Of Grace, attentive to the needs of man who come to Her as Her children in dire need of liberation from whatever keeps them from fully experiencing the Joy of being true Children of God. (~Minnie De Luna)