Spiritual Journey At The Divine Mercy Shrine

Last Sunday, my family, together with my aunts from Australia, went to Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, City, Philippines. Every ti...

Last Sunday, my family, together with my aunts from Australia, went to Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, City, Philippines. Every time my aunts have their vacation in the Philippines, they pay homage to the Divine Mercy.

The Divine Mercy Shrine located in El Salvador City, Philippines serves as catholic pilgrimage site for many Divine Mercy devotees.  It is set on the Divine Mercy Hills and features a 50-feet statue of the Divine Mercy Jesus, said to be the tallest of its kind in the world. The statue and its parks have become a major tourist attraction in the area, drawing devotees and tourists alike. The shrine is currently being managed by The Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao (Phils.), Inc., The Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

As this is a pilgrimage and sacred site, proper attire is to be observed. Nobody is allowed to wear shorts and other revealing clothing as it is prohibited. However, visitors who have no idea about this rule are provided by the shrine staffs with a blue cloth to cover up and preserve modesty.

Luckily when we arrived at the shrine, we were able to catch up the 10 o’clock mass in its magnificent church. Inside the church, we were amazed of its architectural designs and religious statues. The church is a venue for regular holy masses and daily confessions. Some priest also ministers counseling and healing. After the mass, I had undergone confession and my family went to a polish priest for healing and blessing.

We stood in front of the 50 – foot statue of Divine Mercy that even though we’ve been to this place for many times already, we were still in awe of the Divine Mercy statue. The statute is so big, marvelous, gigantic and strong which reminds us that we have a big and strong God who is always there to protect and console us.

Visitors who want to reach the heart of the statue must have to climb up to 200 steps of the stairs. Devotees don’t mind the steep climb as long as they can go as close to the statue. But before that, they must attend a short orientation conducted by the shrine administrators. This sacred site offers the best place to commune with our God.

The Divine Mercy Shrine is also being visited by many devotees during Holy Week, the Feast of Mercy (Mercy Sunday every first Sunday after Easter Sunday), and the Celebration of the Immaculate Conception (every December 8). Numbers of mysterious and unique events have been witnessed by some devotees who include the miracle of the dancing sun.

My family and relatives were so delighted to have spent time in the shrine.

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