A series of events are being held to commemorate this event, which is a national holiday. The Blessing of the Waters will take pace today Saturday at 7:00pm at the Church of Las Mercedes in the capital’s Colonial Zone.
On Monday, six Masses will be celebrated in honor of the patron saint, followed by a procession through the Colonial Zone.
The first apparition of the patron took place in 1495 when she spoke to a group of Spanish soldiers who were fighting the Taino Indians, according to local lore.
Our Lady of Mercies then appeared on several more occasions at Santo Cerro, where a church has been built in her honor. This site will be visited by pilgrims and a mass will be held there on Monday.