For months, there have been many tributes made for frontliners—it was the public’s way to honor their devotion and selflessness. The most recent one is a large altar mural in the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima Urduja in Caloocan City.
The “biggest altar mural” in the Philippines spans 377.92 square meters. Renowned Filipino artist AG Saño painted the mural in collaboration with the Art Attack Group, a young artists’ group he founded. (Read: Pope Francis thanks artists, prays for them at an online Mass)
The mural depicts the “Miracle of the Sun” or more commonly known as the “Miracle of Fatima.” It shows the miraculous events that occurred from May 13 to October 13, 1917—when the Virgin Mary appeared before three shepherd children, named Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto. (Read: Our Lady of Fatima celebrations, interior pilgrimages to be broadcasted online)
Saints Francisco and Jacinto Marto died due to the influenza epidemic in Europe and are known as patrons of the sick.
Timely Amid Pandemic
Many say the mural is timely during this time that the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic. (Read: Christ the Redeemer in Brazil lights up with images that pay tribute to COVID-19 frontliners)
In light of the ongoing crisis, the mural serves as a call for prayer to those who succumbed to COVID-19, the families they left, and the frontliners who continuously put their lives on the line to fight the virus.