The Antipolo Cathedral— or National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage— will lead a Vatican-initiated prayer on Friday, May 7. The prayer intention will be about the families gravely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
Known to be the oldest national shrine in the Philippines, the Antipolo Cathedral will be one of the 30 Marian shrines around the world that will lead the month-long rosary marathon for the end of the pandemic. (Read: 4 Beautiful Shrines in the PH Dedicated to Mama Mary)
The shrine joins other famous Marian sanctuaries around the world, including the Basilica of the Annunciation in Israel, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Mother Mary’s House in Turkey, and Our Lady of Lourdes in France, among others.
Global Rosary Marathon
On Saturday, May 1, Pope Francis launched the global rosary marathon with a live-streamed ceremony at the Vatican. (Read: Pope Declares ‘Global Rosary Marathon’ for End of COVID-19)
The initiative will continue every day in May, with different prayer intentions led by the 30 chosen Marian shrines. These will all be broadcasted live on the Vatican’s social media platforms every 6 p.m., Rome time.
The marathon will conclude on May 30 with another prayer ceremony led by the Holy Pontiff.
The Antipolo Cathedral is home to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, and is the seat of the Bishop of Antipolo. It is locally referred to as the “Simbahan ng Antipolo” (Church of Antipolo).
In 1954, the cathedral made history after it was declared as the first-ever national shrine not just in the Philippines, but also in Southeast Asia. (Read: The 500-Year History of Catholicism in the Philippines)
Every year, the shrine would attract millions of pilgrims— especially during the Pilgrimage Season which commences with the Alay Lakad from Quiapo Church on April 30.