Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon now back on Baclaran Church’s altar

Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon now back on Baclaran Church’s altar
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The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was re-enthroned on the altar of the Baclaran Church on Wednesday, Nov. 27. ELMARC LIM

By CBCP News

November 27, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The revered icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is once again back on the altar in the Baclaran Church.

The image was re-enthroned to its original place after a Mass on Wednesday, nearly three months after the altar underwent repair.

Thousands of devotees filled the cathedral for the rare occasion to have a closer look at the icon.

The image was also made available for public veneration on Tuesday afternoon until midnight.

It was on Sept. 5 when the icon was brought down to give way for the renovation of the altar.

Redemptorist Fr. Victorino Cueto, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, said the occasion was also “symbolic”.

“It allowed Our Mother to come down from the high altar and be closer to all her devotee-missionaries,” he said.

It was the third time that the icon was removed from the church’s altar after 27 years.

The first time was during World War II for safekeeping and then in 1992 when the icon underwent restoration.

The national shrine has been a center of Marian devotion in the last 70 years.