Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Via Dolorosa Antipolo

After visiting the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral of Antipolo last March 30, my siblings, their girlfriends and I went to Via Dolorosa.

From the Antipolo Cathedral, we rode a tricycle and just told the driver that we are going to Via Dolorosa.
The huge white cross of Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa is a place of prayer and meditation in Pinagmisahan Hills.  This place is also known as the White Cross because of the large white cross found on top of one of the hills.  Masses and "Alay Lakad" are usually held here especially during the Lenten Season.

The altar of the chapel where masses are held 

At Via Dolorosa, you can pray the Stations of the Cross.  There are life size sculpture of Jesus and the scene representing that particular station.  Doing the stations of the cross here requires one not only to pray but also to sacrifice.  It is not easy to go through the stations because the paths are rocky especially the one where Jesus was crucified, there are big boulders blocking the path and some of the stations are on top of the hills that you need to climb.

The 1st Station - the Last Supper

The Second Station - Jesus Agony in the Garden

the hill to climb to the next station
the big boulders blocking the way to the 13th Station - Jesus Dies on the Cross    

The 14th Station - Jesus is Laid on the Tomb

Aside from the Stations of the Cross, there are also life-sized carved statues depicting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

This place is very peaceful, you can hear the humming of the birds.  The gardens and the surroundings are well-kept. 

Coming down the hill from the last station, you can stop at this shaded area and meditate

the White Cross on top of the hill and the replica of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage of Antipolo

Entrance is free but you are encouraged to make a donation for the maintenance of the place.

Food and drinks are not allowed inside Via Dolorosa because it is meant to be a place for prayers and meditation and also to keep the place clean.

1 comment:

nurseabie said...

Hi.Just dropping by.


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