By Christina Hermoso
The 448th Feast of Our Lady of Guidance, the revered patron saint of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), will be celebrated tomorrow at the Ermita Church, at the corner of M.H. del Pilar and A. Flores Streets in Ermita, Manila.
A floral offering will be held at the Plaza Nuestra Senora de Guia at 3:30 p.m, followed by a ‘Misa Mayor’ (High Mass) which Monsignor Esteban Lo will preside over at 5:00 pm at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia (Our Lady of Guidance), the official name of Ermita Church.
A grand procession will follow after the mass.
The Ermita Church is considered as one of the foremost Marian shrines in the country. It was erected right on the site where the image of Our Lady was found on May 19, 1571, making it the oldest among all those venerated in the Philippines.
In 1578, the king of Spain, in a royal decree, declared Our Lady of Guidance as the “sworn patroness” of Manila.
During the papal visit in January 2015, the image of Our Lady of Guidance was temporarily transferred to the Apostolic Nuncio on Taft Avenue where Pope Francis stayed. The image was also brought to Quirino Grandstand in Luneta for Pope Francis’ concluding mass.