The Archdiocese of Agana will commemorate the Feast of Santa Marian Kamalen Dec. 8, but instead of the traditional procession in Hagåtña, the historic statue of the Blessed Mother will travel to Catholics throughout the island.
The statue of Santa Marian Kamalen will travel from one village to another, slowly moving past each Catholic church, but it will not stop.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes has approved the adjustment to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guam Catholics have long celebrated the Feast of Santa Marian Kamalen and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8 and have gathered by the thousands at the Cathedral-Basilica in Hagåtña.
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Monsignor James Benavente, pastor of the cathedral-basilica, will coordinate the islandwide drive with his team at the Agana parish, just as they did last May 2.
On that day, Archbishop Byrnes reconsecrated the island to the Blessed Virgin Mary in solidarity with the United States mainland and Canada.
Monsignor James emphasizes that this islandwide drive with Santa Marian Kamalen will not be a motorcade.
To avoid creating traffic congestion, the faithful are asked not to organize motorcades that follow the statue.
Logistical details such as specific times and routes will be announced in the days to come, the archdiocese stated.