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Rosary Day 7: From Antipolo Cathedral in the Philippines

Antipolo Cathedral

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Zelda Caldwell - published on 05/07/21

At the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, we turn our hearts to Our Lady, praying today for families.

During the month of May, the Church around the world is joining in a daily Rosary for the intention of the end of the pandemic, as well as a specific intention related to the various victims of the virus.

Each day of the month, a different shrine will lead the daily Rosary, according to local practice.

The beginning and the end of the Rosary Marathon (May 1 and May 31) are led by Pope Francis.

See below to follow the list of the Shrines.

Day 7

Particular intention: For families

Day 7 of the Rosary Marathon brings us to the city of Antipolo in the Philippines. There we visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral.

Antipolo Cathedral is a place of great devotion among Filipinos, as it enshrines a 17th-century wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

The image was brought to the Philippines by then-Gov. General Juan Niño de Tabora, who traveled from Acapulco, Mexico aboard the galleon El Almirante in 1626. His safe journey was attributed to the image.

Since the 19th century there has been a great popular devotion to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

Every year millions of pilgrims travel to the cathedral for Pilgrimage Season to witness “Pagdalaw ng Ina sa Anak” (Mother’s Visit to her Son). Beginning on April 30, Catholics arrive to follow the image of Our Lady as it is temporarily transferred from Antipolo Cathedral to Quiapo Church, where the Black Nazarene is enshrined.

The Black Nazarene is a 17th-century statue of Jesus carrying a cross. It was also carved in Acapulco, and brought by ship to the Philippines in 1606.

On May 1, a Mass is celebrated in honor of the return of the image of Our Lady to Antipolo Cathedral. On the first Tuesday in May, a procession begins, as the faithful follow the image a distance of about 33 kilometers back to Antipolo.

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