Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kamay ni Hesus Pilgrimage

Before we set ourselves to join the Pahiyas festivities, we visited first the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine, which is a jeepney ride away from our brother's home. There we were greeted with life-sized statues of saints and images of Our Lady. At the center of the shrine is the main church whether Fr. Joey Faller celebrates his healing masses every Wednesday and Saturday. People from all walks of life visit this shrine for physical and spiritual healing. It is not mere coincidence I guess that Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is located in the province of Quezon, which is a popular pilgrimage destination for such places as Mount Banahaw in Dolores, Quezon. Kamay ni Hesus Church is located at Barangay Tinamnan in Lucban, Quezon.

Located just beside the church is the majestic and imposing Via Dolorosa Grotto showcasing the 14 Stations of the Cross. On top of the 292-step grotto is the towering 50-foot statue of Christ, said to be the third largest statue of Christ in the world. (I don't know if this still holds true) It is a grueling climb to the top especially when the sun is at its peak, but nevertheless a good way to sweat it out because when you reach the top you are rewarded with the panoramic view of the province.

As you walk along the vicinity of the shrine, do not miss to visit the smaller grotto of Our Lady where life-sized statues of the 20 mysteries of the rosary are erected in close proximity to each other. There are also statues depicting Old Testament icons such as Adam & Eve, Moses, Abraham, etc.

To get the whole picture, do watch the slideshow below. If you are interested to visit the shrine, log on to Fr. Faller's website for more information or just follow these directions:

1. Take a bus route to Lucena at Kamuning Bus Terminal or LRT Buendia Bus Terminal.
2. At Lucena Grand Central Terminal take a passenger jeep route to Lucban.
3. Upon reaching Lucban, get off at Grotto.

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