LOOK: World’s Largest Solar Rosary for Healing Shines at Luneta Park

The giant solar rosary spans 300 meters using 3,000 solar lights. Drone shots by Michael Paulo Sarayba, published with the permission of Liter of Light.

The World’s Largest Solar Rosary for Healing was lit up while the Filipino nation prayed as part of the National Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines marking 500 years of Christianity in the country.

Dubbed the Light of Faith, the 300-meter-long giant solar artwork made of 3,000 Liter of Light solar lamps begins at the cross placed on Cebu Island on the Luneta Park’s Relief Map of the Philippines and goes around the Agripina Circle.

Filipinos and Catholics from around the world tuned in to the Manila Cathedral’s Facebook live streaming on January 6, 2021, at 9 PM, for the first regular Wednesday night Rosary for Healing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“As one nation, let us come together and pray the rosary for healing, and bring the light of faith, 500 years and beyond!” the Manila Cathedral posted on Facebook.

The Liter of Light dedicated the rosary solar art to Filipino medical workers comprising about 20 percent of the global humanitarian force in the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19.

“Only in the darkness can we see stars. And when there are stars there is light. And in this light we see hope. Our stars in these difficult times are among us. They are our courageous frontliners – our dedicated medical workers who have worked tirelessly while risking their own lives to fulfill their duties,” said Illac Diaz, founder of the homegrown Filipino global solar-lighting movement of the Liter of Light.

“Liter of Light, a grassroots movement committed to providing sustainable and affordable lighting wishes to honor the sacrifices and contribution of our modern-day heroes,” declared the Edison Awardee in a video message played before the rosary prayers began.

The Solar Rosary began at the Solar Cross placed at the Luneta Park’s Relief Map of the Philippines.
The original Santo de Cebu image gifted by Ferdinand Magellan to the Queen of Cebu was carried by Augustinians across the giant solar rosary.
Six sacred carozzas and images from the San Augustine Museum marked the “Our Father” prayers of the rosary.
A carozza serves as the “Our Father” bead of the giant solar rosary

The solar lamps used to create the giant rosary were hand-built by volunteer solar engineers during the award-winning Light It Forward campaign that also honored frontliners amid the pandemic.

The eco-friendly lights are to be donated to remote communities without electricity as part of the Liter of Light’s solar lighting movement.

The Light of Faith is the latest of the three largest solar artworks in Asia built by the Liter of Light at the Luneta Park, following the solar Philippine flag on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2020, and the Jose Rizal portrait on December 30, 2020.

The World’s Largest Solar Rosary for Healing is organized in partnership with the National Quincentennial Committee, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines’ “Gifted to Give” campaign, the National Parks Development Committee, and the National Museum of the Philippines.

The 2021 National Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines celebrate the 500 years since the 1521 arrival of the Magellan-Elcano expedition in the Philippines (March 16-October 28) that marked the first circumnavigation of the world and Lapu Lapu’s Victory at the Battle of Mactan (April 27).

The CBCP leads the official commemoration of the First Holy Mass and Planting of Cross (March 31) and the First Baptism and Giving of the Image of the Santo Nino (April 14).

This story first appeared on GoodNewsPilipinas.com

To learn more about the Liter of Light and its Light It Forward campaign: visit the Light it Forward website here, and the Liter of Light InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.


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