The Parish of St Lazarus will be celebrating the Feast of St Roque “The Patron Saint against the Plague,” on Sunday, July 09, 2017 with a Solemn Mass at 9:30 AM, followed by a procession of the image of St Roque after the Mass, around 10:30 AM.
The procession with the statue of St. Roque will pass through some streets of St Lazarus Parish (e.g. Rua Volong, Rua São Miguel, Rua São Roque and Rua Nova de São Lázaro).
Although the Feast of St Roque is on August 17, in Macau it is celebrated always on the second Sunday of July due to a plague that happened in Macau many years back. At that time the Parish of St Lazarus, through St Roque, Patron Saint against the Plague, prayed and asked for the protection of God to set Macau free of the deadly plague and to cure all the sick people that were afflicted by it. The prayers were answered and since that time until July 1966, every year on the second Sunday of July, a big feast and procession are held in his honor.
The procession stopped after July 1966, but never the Solemn Mass.
In 2008, due to new infectious diseases that were happening again throughout the world, the Catholics of Macau once again prayed to God through St Roque to protect and save Macau against the new coming diseases.
Thus the tradition was revived and the Procession of St Roque was brought back to the streets where it had once passed.