I’m listing these churches so you can visit them some other time. For our Maundy Thursday, we visited 6 churches. It should have been 7, unfortunately, it’s already late so we only had six.
1. St. James the Greater Parish at Ayala Alabang Village
So first stop is St. James the Greater Parish located at Cuenca corner Ibaan St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City.
I wasn’t able to fully read the plaque but according to that, GF & Partners were the ones who designed the churches and acquired an award for it.
2. Santo Padre Pio Parish and Shrine (Archiodioces of Lipa) at San Pedro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Next, we went to Lipa. This church looks so cool.
The belfry instantly captivated me. My love to enter a lighthouse beat within my heart. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enter this one even with my urge to do so.
The Belfry is located at the right side of the church. The church itself is open, I just don’t know if they do something about it when it rains.
On the left side of the church is the St. John Marie Vianney, the Chapel of Reconciliation.
There is a passage on the right where you get to go to the Shrine of blessed water. People gather there to wash or collect some of the spring water, but it’s not potable though. The potable water were the ones in the pot.
You will also see a Shrine near the spring’s shelter.
3. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmel, Mary Meidatrix of all Grace)
The church is a bit of an ordinary but they have a garden at the rear left side of the church. It’s where “The Vine” can be seen. They say that Mother Mary showed up beside the vine.
They also have this stained glass where the church’s design can be seen.
4. Parish of San Sebastian at Lipa City, Batangas
If you are familiar with San Agustin Church here in Manila, then you would also appreciate going here. They had this dome and arch paintings which seems to be real sculptures on the walls and ceiling.
5. Ang Basilika ng Taal
So before we went to the basilica, we first parked at the Taal Central School.
So here now is the Basilica…
6. Our Lady of Caysasay
Our last stop is at Our Lady of Caysasay, still at Batangas. Unfortunately, the battery for our cam ran out so I had to use my cellphone’s camera. It’s a bit dark though.
They had this miracle well where you can pay for 20 pesos to light a candle and make a wish. They say that if your wish comes true, you need to go back there and offer a white flower in return. I think you can also pay 5 pesos so that the people there can fetch a bottle of water for you from the well. There are two wells there, one is 6 ft and the other is 11 ft.
For our Good Friday, here are the list of the churches we’ve visited. We needed to take a longer detour since Ayala Bridge is closed for today.
1. Our Lady of the Abandoned Church (Santa Ana Church)
2. San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel (Tejeron St., Sta. Ana, Manila)
3. Holy Family Chapel
4. St. Pius X Church
5. Paco Catholic Church
6. St. Peter the Apostle Church (Chinese Church)
7. Sta. Maria Goretti Parish
8. San Vicente de Paul Parish (Adamson, Ermita)
9. Manila Cathedral (Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila – Intramuros)
10. San Agustin Church (Intramuros)
11. Sta. Cruz Parish
12. San Sebastian Church
13. St. Anthony Church (Sampaloc, Manila)
14. Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto Parish (Sampaloc, Manila)