121st National Marian Pilgrimage takes place in Nyaunglaybin in Yangon Archdiocese from February 3 to 12.
Auxiliary Bishop Noel Saw Naw Aye of Yangon Archdiocese said in his homily, “Today, relying on the intercession of Mother Mary, we also approach Our Mother in this holy site for the recovery from our suffering and difficulties and to be consoled, to be strengthened by Our Mother.”
Bishop Noel Saw Naw Aye hoisted the flag of the Marian Pilgrimage on February 3 at 2:00 pm local time as he started the first day of Novena.
He recalls the word of St. Bernadette that "Jesus is her Master, her Guide, her treasure, her happiness." Once encountered Our Lady, her faith rooted in Jesus Christ strongly, the bishop emphasized.
Bishop Noel urged that we may not be discouraged when we are left alone when we suffer because Mother Mary told us that we were to live with the hope of living in eternity.
Fr Dominic Jude, the parish priest of Nyaunglaybin Marian Shrine, said that many couples have come to pray and ask to have a child.
“Patricia Putu, a Burmese Catholic in England, who was from St Jude Parish in Yangon Archdiocese, yearns for coming back to join the Novena since she has ever taken part in the event yearly in the past. Many people like Patricia recall their trip to this Marian site, especially in the month of February where they have time for prayer and other spiritual exercises for their spiritual and physical wellbeing,” said Fr Dominic.
Nyaunglaybin, a town in Bago Region in Myanmar, is about 100 miles north of Yangon, Myanmar.
Before Covid-19 Pandemic and the present political turmoil in the Country, thousands of Catholics flocked to the small town of the pilgrimage site yearly.
The devotion to Our Lady by members of other faiths, especially Buddhists, has been growing yearly as many witness the wonders they experience.
Due to the country's present situation, pilgrims are allowed to go to the Marian Shrine for Holy Mass and devotion to Our Lady only in the daytime.
Bishops and Priests assigned for the liturgy could have overnight. But Overnight stay for the pilgrims is prohibited this year for various reasons.
Marian Shrine of Nyaunglaybin was one of the sites where the faithful prayed the rosary on May 24, 2020, for the end of Covid 19 pandemic together with the other well-known Marian Shrines worldwide.
Catholics of Myanmar and all in different parts of the World can follow the nine days of Novena Events through National Social Communication Office (CBCM-OSC) Social-Media (Facebook page and Youtube Channel).
Below is the schedule of the Eucharistic celebration presided over by bishops and priests of Myanmar.
February 03, 2023, 2:00 PM Bishop Noel Saw Naw Aye, Yangon Archdio
February 04, 2023 Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho of Pyay Diocese
February 05, 2023 Bishop Maurice Nyunt Wai of Mawlamyine
February 06, 2023 Archbishop Marcus Tin Win of Mandalay
February 07, 2023 Bishop Justin Saw Min Theid of Hpa An
February 08, 2023 Archbishop Basilio Ah Theid of Taungyi
February 09, 2023 Fr. Simon Tin Maung
February 10, 2023 Fr. Marcian Thet Kyaw
February 11, 2023 Fr. Brian Ba Nya New
February 12, 2023,10:00 AM His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo
- By Hubert Saw
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