Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission
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Shrine as an International Pilgrimage Center
As a pilgrimage center 24/7, the shrine welcomes every day thousands of people from Metro Manila and even the far-flung provinces who visit the shrine to pray and express their devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Some devotees come as far as Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon. In recent years, those coming from the further suburbs of Manila and the provinces have dwindled perhaps because of the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila. In recent years, to avoid the Wednesday traffic, many come on Tuesday evenings or late Wednesday night and make their own private devotions.
Many come in jeeps and vans; they travel as families, neighborhood communities, friends and organizations. Some bring food and eat on church grounds or under the trees after the novena and masses.
For a devotee of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, nothing can be more sacred than a Wednesday pilgrimage to Baclaran. Despite that there is a novena to OMPH in almost all parishes in the Philippines, many still go to Baclaran. Even if parish priests would tell their parishioners that ‘it is the same Mother of God that you are going to in Baclaran,’ devotees still go to Baclaran anyway. There are many other factors that will discourage a devotee to go to Baclaran not only some theological explanation from their parish priests. There is the traffic, pollution, massive crowd and vendors. Indeed, going to Baclaran entails a lot of sacrifices on the part of the devotees.
Would you like to make a pilgrimage? Would you like to join the multitude of pilgrims all over the world who set out on a journey that they hope will bring them ever closer to the Lord, his Blessed Mother or a beloved Saint.
If you are interested to make a pilgrimage to the shrine please fill up the form below. In the message box, tell us when you plan to come and how many of you so that we can prepare a proper welcome for you and give you the full benefits of what will be very special in your life a pilgrimage to the world famous Shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help