19th of April
As much as I am excited to post today the next entry for Churches and Places of Worship series, I am taking a break to give way to my annual post and sharing about my observance of Vicita Iglesia.
We started a bit late again this year and the sun is already at its killer rays when we head out to visit seven churches at around past 7AM. We decided that we will be visiting 7 churches again this year because we are not sure that we will find 14 churches along the route that we plotted on this day only.
1st Station: SHRINE OF THE FIVE WOUNDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
Administered by the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers located at Real Street, Talon I, Las Piñas City, Philippines. One of the churches that surprised me because I’m not expecting to find it by chance – majestically built in the heart of this town.
2nd Station: ST. JAMES THE GREAT PARISH
Located inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City. A combination of modern and classic architecture that is definitely worth writing about so I will not elaborate about this magnificent edifice, Just watch out for the special post.
3rd Station: NOTRE DAME DE VIE CHAPEL
I was looking for a church and I found a fairy tale place! Located in Las Piñaz Rizal, Philippines - adjacent to the breathtaking Fernbrook Gardens. A special post is definitely coming up!
4th Station: OUR LADY OF SACRED HEART
5th Station: JESUS NAZARENO PARISH
A humble and yet mysterious looking church located at Dasmariñas, Cavite.
6th Station: NUESTRA SEÑORA DE CANDELARIA
7th Station: ADORATION CONVENT OF DIVINE MERCY (Pink Sisters Convent and Monastery)
Though we know that there will be more churches that we will be passing by as we head to the commercial center of Tagaytay, I opted to complete the 14 Stations on this convent to take advantage of the solemnity of this place that has long been listed on my wishes.
ANGELS’ HILLS CHAPEL
OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH
After we’re done with our Vicita Iglesia we headed to the Summit Ridge to freshen up and have our delayed lunch. I had never seen Tagaytay like this day. There was heavy traffic specially along the roads leading to the Pink Sisters Convent and the other retreat houses.
It is kind of amusing to see that malls and establishments in Tagaytay were all operational on Good Friday. Unlike in Manila where almost all the the malls are closed starting Maundy Thursday up to Good Friday. But in spite of the buzz in the commercial areas, this city remains to emanate the presence of peace and tranquility that made our observance more meaningful.
He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life. ~William Law~