As a way of honoring the devotion and selflessness of COVID-19 frontliners, the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima Urduja in Caloocan City created a large altar mural as permanent tribute to them.
With the mural spanning 377.92 square meters, the Parish’s priest Fr Aristeo de Leon called it the "biggest altar mural" in the Philippines. The Diocese of Novaliches, headed by Bishop Roberto Gaa D.D., is set to bless the altar mural on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 pm.
The mural depicts the “Miracle of the Sun,” also commonly known as “Miracle of Fatima,” which shows when the Virgin Mary appeared before 3 shepherd children named Lúcia dos Santos, her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, from May 13 to October 13, 1917.
Known as patrons of the sick, Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto died due to the influenza epidemic in Europe.
In light of the pandemic at the present time, the images in the mural seek to depict a call for prayer to those who succumbed to COVID-19, and the frontliners continuously putting their lives on the line to fight the virus.
“The mural altar is our way of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of our frontliners and, at the same time, including them in our prayers and Mass intentions,” Fr De Leon said.
Renowned Filipino artist AG Saño painted the mural in collaboration with the Art Attack Group, a young artists' group he founded.
Fr De Leon had commissioned the mural, with the help of CMA Meat Corporation and Aaron V Transport. – Rappler.com