40-hour prayer vigil for former Pres. Aquino’s speedy recovery begins tonight

July 30, 2009 8:53 am 

MANILA, July 30 –- A 40-hour prayer vigil for the speedy recovery of cancer-stricken former President Corazon C. Aquino is set to begin tonight at the the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace on EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Ave.) at the boundary of Quezon City and Mandaluyong City.

Mrs. Aquino’s supporters will offer a 40-hour collective adoration of the exposed Eucharist, or Quarant’ore. The rites will start at 7 p.m. with a Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

On Saturday, August 1, a dawn procession of Our Lady of Fatima, another EDSA icon, will be held starting at 5:30 a.m. The closing rites will be held on the same day with another Mass and a procession of Our Lady of EDSA.

The Quarant’ore is in honor of the time Jesus spent in the tomb. The devotion started in Milan in 1534, with the Blessed Sacrament displayed continuously for 40 hours during a time of calamity.

The prayer groups supporting the EDSA Shrine and the prayer vigil include the Sacred Land of Asia, Wellspring of Life Community, Marian Movement Cenacle Group, Luminous Cross of Grace, Hijas de Maria and Knights of Malta.

Reports said the condition of the 76-year-old former President has slightly improved although still "not ideal," a day after a family member said her blood pressure had been erratic. (PNA) scs/JCA

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