Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saint Pio's Chapel in Libis

I have read numerous blogs about Saint Pio's Chapel in Libis, Quezon City. I've learned that its chapel houses some relics of Saint Pio. A lot of Saint Pio devotees visit this site to ask for his intercession. I was able to visit this center last August 19.

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina or Padre Pio is a Capuchin monk who was given the gift of stigmata or the wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy and lived out his priestly life in the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo. A lot of people visited him when he was still alive to have their confession and to ask for his prayers and through him many received conversion and the miracles they desperately need. He died on September 23, 1968.

The chapel of Saint Pio is beautiful and despite being in the heart of the busy business district of Libis, it's very peaceful inside the chapel as if all the noise in the world has been shut off.

I was not able to get pictures inside the chapel because I don't want to disturb the devotees who are deep in prayers.

Some of the relics on display at the chapel was the gloves of Saint Pio which he used to hide the wounds in his palms, his capuchin habit and the tissue used to wrap his gloves when it was transported from Italy to the Philippines.

There's a big statue of the Saint Pio on the right side of the altar which has the most loving eyes I've ever seen. In front of the statue is a pew where you can kneel, pray and write down your prayer requests. On the left side of the altar is a portrait of Our Lady of Grace similar to Saint Pio's favorite painting of our Lady at San Giovanni Rotondo.

On one side of the wall of the chapel you will see the framed testimonies of people whose prayers were answered through the intercession of Saint Pio. I was able to read Christine Bersola-Babao's testimony about her answered prayer when she prayed for a new baby and Julia Gomez (Lucy Torres' mom) testimony about her healing from cancer.

Aside from the chapel, the center houses a separate candle room, a souvenir shop, an aviary and angel garden and an outdoor patio with tables and chairs.

There's a daily mass at the chapel at 5:00 pm and on Sundays there's a 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 5:00 pm and a 7:00 pm mass. Novena prayers and Rosary are recited before the mass.

Saint Pio's Chapel is good place to pray, to reflect and to take some time off from the busyness of our day to day lives.

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