Baclaran Church temporarily removes Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon from altar

Baclaran Church temporarily removes Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon from altar
The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help inside the Baclaran Church was temporarily removed from the altar which will be renovated starting on Thursday, Sept. 5. ELMARC LIM

By CBCP News

September 5, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The revered icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help enshrined at the Baclaran Church was removed from the altar, which will undergo renovation.

The image was transferred for safekeeping after a Mass attended by several devotees on Thursday morning.

The church, also known as the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, has been a center of Marian devotion in the last 70 years.

The icon placed high above the altar of the church has been the focus of the devotion, with thousands of miracles attributed to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

However, on Sept. 7, the image will be displayed for public veneration and vigil after the 5:45 p.m. Mass until midnight.

“This is timely as we celebrate the birthday of Mary on Sept. 8,” the church administration announced. “

Also, the icon will be on display on Sept. 10, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass until midnight.

After the scheduled venerations, the Redemptorists will secure the icon until the altar “is ready for her return”.

No timeline for the renovation was given but a parish worker said it may take around a month.

The shrine is inviting the faithful to take advantage of the “very rare occasion” to have a closer encounter with the icon.

“May this experience help us to reflect from heaven to meet us in the rough grounds of daily living,” it said.

This is 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 the second time was in 1992 when the icon underwent restoration. CBCPNEWS