Our Mother of Perpetual Help icon re-enthroned to altar

MANILA The revered icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was re-enthroned on Wednesday to its original place in Baclaran Church, more than a month after the altar underwent repair.

The statue was again placed on the altar of the national shrine in ParaAaque City after a mass.

According to Redemptorist Fr. Victorino Cueto, rector of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, 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 in an article posted on the news website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Devotees were allowed to venerate the image on Tuesday afternoon until midnight.

On September 5, the icon was brought down for the scheduled renovation of the altar. It was the third time that the icon was removed from the altar after 27 years.

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

The national shrine has been a center of Marian devotion in the past 70 years. (CBCP)

Source: Philippines News Agency