(Baclaran, Philippines) – In Manila, Wednesdays are popularly called “Baclaran Day” due to congested roads brought on by pilgrims to the shrine.
Thousands of devotees flood the National Shrine of Baclaran every Wednesday to attend Mass and pray the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. There are 5 Masses and 13 Novena Services every Wednesday.
OUTSIDE THE GATE: Elderly vendors selling flowers during 1st Wednesday of the Year.
“What kind of society is this wherein elderly people cannot enjoy the rest of their life?” One of them approached me, knowing that I am a priest, said, “Father, di ba marangal ang trabaho namin.” (Father, Our job is a decent one, isn’t it?) It broke my heart and without words, I just nod my head, finding myself in tears.
(Photos courtesy of Fr. Amang Lubi, C.Ss.R.)