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Every Wednesday, devotees of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help flock the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. During this day heavy traffic is observed due to the volume of devotees that attend masses being held. Since Fr. Gerard O’Donnell, the first Rector of Baclaran, started the Novena at 6:00PM on June 23, 1948, the display of devotion shows no signs of waning.
The church started with just 70 people attending the first novena in the 300-people capacity church. But the year after, a second session has to be provided. Soon after the wooden church would have to be replaced with a bigger structure that could accommodate all of the devotees coming to pray the Novena every Wednesday. At that time, the Superior of the church Fr. Lewis O’Leary assumed management of the construction. The church was constructed from the offerings of ten centavos per person per week by ordinary people. Because of relying heavily on donations by devotees, the construction of the church lasted for six years. Architects Cesar Concio and Jesse Bontoc originally planned a higher church with a bell tower but aviation regulations restricted the plans.
Cardinal Gilroy of Sydney laid the foundation stone of the church on January 11, 1953. The Baclaran Church was declared as the National Shrine of the Mother of Perpetual Help on January 1958 by the Philippine Hierarchy. The official opening ceremony of the church was on December 5, 1958 with the mass celebrated by Archbishop Santos assisted by Cardinal Agagianian. Since the church never closed.
Confessions and masses are held daily. The Feast day of the Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27. Nine days of novena are celebrated before the feast day.
Now with a capacity of 2000 seating and 900 standing persons, the Modern Romanesque church stands catering to 120,000 devotees with seven sessions of Novena masses and sung masses.