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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (also called the Redemptorist

church, popularly known as the Baclaran church) is one of the largest churches

in the Philippines. It houses an icon, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, which is

among the most venerated Marian images in the country.

The shrine is a Roman Catholic parish church. It is under the vicariate of the

parish of Santa Rita de Cascia in the Diocese of Parañaque. The edifice is on

Roxas Boulevard in the barangay of Baclaran in Parañaque City, Metro Manila.

The present rector of the shrine is Rev. Fr. Victorino A. Cueto, C.Ss.R.

One of the most widely known churches in Metro Manila, the shrine draws

worshippers from many parts of the region and the nation. It is home to the

replica of the miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, an object of

popular devotion and pilgrimage among all walks of Filipino life, including
politicians and celebrities. Devotees flock to the sanctuary every Wednesday in

what has become known as O     when a novena is offered to the Mother

of Perpetual Help.

Wednesday has been known as Baclaran day since the first Baclaran Novena was

conducted on June 23, 1948, a Wednesday. Contrary to popular belief, the

Perpetual Novena did not start in Baclaran but in the province of Iloilo at the

Redemptorist Church of San Clemente. After witnessing the devotion of the

Ilonggos (Iloilo natives) to the Mother of Perpetual Help Novena, the Irish

Redemptorist Father Gerard O¶Donnell introduced the novena to Baclaran. Father

Leo English conducted the first Baclaran Novena with 70 participants.

The icon and the church have undergone changes over time. In 1932, the

Redemptorist priests replaced the Mother of Perpetual Help icon with a larger

version to accommodate the growing number of devotees. The present church

building of Modern Romanesque style is the third to be built on the same site. In

December 1952, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was

completed.

The building seats 2,000, but as many as 11,000 people can be inside during

masses. An estimated 120,000 devotees are affiliated with the church.

The parish celebrates its fiesta on June 27, the feast day of Our Mother of

Perpetual Help.