Devotees gathered on Friday outside the Antipolo Cathedral to join the rest of the country and the whole world in praying the Holy Rosary for the intention to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holding lighted candles, devotees coming from various parts of the city and nearby parishes gathered outside the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City and prayed the Rosary as part of the Vatican-initiated marathon prayer to end the pandemic.
Bishop Francis Mendoza de Leon and Shrine Rector Fr. Reynante Tolentino led the faithful in praying the Holy Rosary.
The original 17th century-old image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, wearing the 1926 canonical crown, was brought down from its main pedestal for the historic occasion on May 7.
The prayer ended with the “Heal Our Land” song rendered by a boy followed by the final blessing of Bishop De Leon.
The Vatican has chosen the Antipolo Cathedral as one of the 30 Marian shrines around the world to pray the Holy Rosary for the intention of the families following the call of Pope Francis.
The Antipolo shrine is the first national shrine declared in the country and South East Asia.