Observing “Our Lady’s Saturday” is a worldwide practice to honor the Blessed Mother on the day before the “Lord’s Day,” Sunday. After the Image of our Lady of Peñafrancia was enshrined at the chapel first built, Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias immediately instituted the every Saturday devotion at the Shrine. In his letter dated May 1, 1710, Fr. Miguel related that people even from far places would come to the Shrine especially during the Saturday novena and mass. And this practice has since then been observed.
At present, the Novena is prayed just before the first mass in the morning at the Basilica then the Salve Regina is sung during the Mass and ended with the Hymn to our Lady of Peñafrancia as the recessional song. This practice is also being observed in most parishes, seminaries and institutions in the Bicol region.
A recent practice is also being observed at the Basilica. After the last Mass of the day, the image of Ina is brought in a procession around the Basilica grounds while the Rosary is being prayed. After the return of the image inside the church, the Healing Liturgy follows where the Manto of Ina is caped over devotees who are praying for healing.
Source: Vademecum: Worldwide Synchronized Celebrations, Part 4 by Lay Formation Institute, Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore and National Shrine
|All Saturdays of the year when no Solemnity, Feast or Obligatory Memorial is celebrated||As Scheduled in the different Parishes of the Archdiocese||Parish Churches of the Archdiocese|