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WASHINGTON—On May 9, 2009, the 7th Asians for Mary Pilgrimage was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. It was a colorful gathering of devotees of Our Blessed Mother from various countries in Asia.
Indonesian prayer dancers led a procession of images and icons of Our Lady of Antipolo (Philippines), Our Lady of Bandel (West Bengal, India), Our Lady of Burma, Our Lady of Cambodia, Our Lady of China, Or Lady of Indonesia, Our LDY OF Japan, Our Lady of Korea, Our Lady of Laos, Our Lady of La Vang (Vietnam), Our lady of Pakistan, Our Lady of Vailankanni (India) and Our Lady of Fatima (Filipino Ministry).
Pilgrims were gathered to pray by the St. Andrew Kim Korean Youth Drummers, the Youth Orchestra, Pakistani Choir, Indonesian Catholic Community Acoustic Band, Bangla American Christian Community dancers, and two Indian American Catholic Community dancers who also crowned the Blessed Mother.
A multilingual Rosary was led by children and families from the Burmese, Vietnamese, Bangali, Filipino and Pakistani communities who came from the neighboring dioceses of Arlington, Richmond, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.
The highlight of the afternoon was a multicultural Holy Mass presided by Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Photographs were taken by Mr. Michael Hoyt of the Catholic Standard and published with his permission.