Pilgrim images of 4 Bulacan nat’l shrines gather at Divine Mercy Shrine
By Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
April 22, 2022
The National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy in Bulacan province’s Marilao town is hosting a gathering of the devotional pilgrim images of three national shrines in the Diocese of Malolos for a week before the second Sunday of Easter, known by many as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Started on April 18, “Pagdalaw” refers to the yearly visit of the images of the patron saints of the national shrines and parishes of Divine Mercy, St. Anne of Hagonoy, Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City, and Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepción de Salambao in Obando.
According to Divine Mercy Shrine’s clerical team led by Msgr. Ranilo Trillana, the gathering was aimed to “form support among the four national shrines in the diocese so that pilgrims, especially the huge number coming to Divine Mercy Shrine for the fiesta every Second Sunday of Easter, could also venerate the other patrons.”
Divine Mercy shrine promoter Al de Jesus said “the images will be accessible for the veneration of the faithful from April 19 to April 25, the Monday after Divine Mercy Sunday”.
“During their stay, each of the national shrine patrons will be introduced during the novena prayers and special devotions to them will also be recited besides the devotion to the Divine Mercy,” he added.
The event will be capped with a procession of the images at 7:00 p.m. on April 23, around the parish domain of the Divine Mercy shrine.
Bishop Dennis Villarjo of Malolos will grace the event on April 24, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, at 10:30 a.m.
Divine Mercy shrine was declared as the premier church for the devotion to the Divine Mercy in the Philippines in 2002 and is considered one of the largest shrines in the country.
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