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SLIDESHOW: Up close with Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Text and photos by Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2019 01:30 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2019 08:06 PM

The beloved icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help has been taken down from the altar of the Redemptorist Church, also known as the Baclaran Church, in Parañaque City, which is scheduled to undergo renovation and repairs starting Thursday, September 5, 2019.

After 27 years, the icon was taken down only for the third time, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on September 5, and devotees were given the chance to get close and touch the icon. The Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been the center of Marian devotion for the last 70 years with thousands of miracles has been attributed to.

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

Fr. Victorino Cueto, CSsR, Rector of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help National Shrine, urged devotees to look at it as a chance for “Mother Mary to be close to us and meet us in an encounter of life and love, of faith and mission."

Devotees of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help are invited to join the prayer vigil on September 7, Saturday, from 5:45 pm to midnight in time for the birthday of Mary on September 8, when the icon will again be displayed for public veneration, as well as on September 10, Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. till midnight.

The icon will then be secured by the Redemptorist until the altar is ready for her return.

Scaffoldings are erected at the altar in preparation for removing the icon, which is enshrined on top of the altar. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Church staff prepare a temporary glass-framed encasement where the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help will be secured. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

A Mass is celebrated before the removal of the icon of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help from the altar. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

A Mass is celebrated before the removal of the icon of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help from the altar. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Church staff wear gloves in preparation for the removal of the icon of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help from the altar. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Priests and church personnel remove the icon of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help from the altar. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Fr, Victorino Cueto, CSsR, receives the icon after it was removed from the altar at the National Shrine. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Fr, Victorino Cueto, CSsR, presents the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to church-goers and devotees. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Devotees take pictures and videos during the ceremony at the Redemptorist Church. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Members of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris) venerate the image of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist Church in Parañaque on Thursday. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Church goers and devotees line up to venerate the image of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist Church on Thursday. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Church goers and devotees line up to venerate the image of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist Church on Thursday. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News

Church goers and devotees line up to venerate the image of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Redemptorist Church on Thursday. Vincent Go, ABC-CBN News