Revered Marian icon back in Baclaran church's altar

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Posted at Nov 27 2019 06:49 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2019 09:37 PM

 

MANILA - The revered icon of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Parañaque is now back in its original place of honor. 

The icon was re-enthroned on Wednesday during the morning novena Mass. 

Hundreds of devotees witnessed the ceremony as Rev. Fr. Victorino Cueto, rector of the church, placed the icon high atop the altar. 

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

Re-enthronement of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran Church. Photos courtesy of Elmarc Lim

For the first time in 27 years, the image was brought down last September 5 to give way for the repair of the altar. 

It was during the World War II when it was first brought down for safekeeping, and in 1992, the image underwent restoration.

"This occasion is also symbolic as it allowed our Mother to come down from the high altar and be closer to all her devotee-missionaries," Cueto said. 

Believed to be miraculous, thousands of devotees continue to flock to pray before the Marian image especially during Wednesdays for the traditional novena prayer and Masses. 

The church, formally known as the National Shrine of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help, is one of the biggest shrines in the world dedicated to this title of Mary. 

The Redemptorist missionaries are the stewards of the shrine.