15_manaoagBusloads of devotees of Our Lady of Manaoag are expected to visit her shrine, the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Manaoag, Pangasinan, as the annual pilgrimage season to one of the country’s most popular Marian shrines begins.
Masses and novenas are held daily by the hour at the shrine from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Saturdays, hourly masses are celebrated from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and at 4:30 p.m. On Sundays, masses are held by the hour from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Pilgrims to the shrine may gain plenary indulgence, or the remission of temporal punishment due to sin, after it was declared a minor basilica by Pope Francis on October 11, 2014.
Earlier, the shrine was also granted a special bond of spiritual affinity with the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, Italy, bestowing blessings and graces to its visitors as if they have actually visited the papal basilica in Rome.
According to records, more than 500,000 pilgrims and visitors arrive in Manaoag during the pilgrimage season which lasts until the end of May. Traditionally, the highest number of attendance is recorded during the Holy Week and on the Feast of Our Lady of Manaoag, which is observed on the third Wednesday after Easter Sunday. This year, the event will be marked on April 22.
Known as a miraculous religious shrine, visitors usually bring bottles with them to get water from Our Lady’s well near the church, which is believed to have healing powers. Others line up for hours behind the altar to touch the image’s mantle or light candles to pray for personal petitions.


Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/

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