Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Theotokos Shrine: A Tribute to the Mother of God

Posted by Free-Spirited Vixen (Juliefe Cuenca) at 11:59 AM
       Erected after the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Family to the Philippines in 1992, the shrine was built to hold the Perpetual Dawn Rosary and encourage more people to pray. During construction, a farmer found a 15th Century Byzantine religious relic buried in the ground. Miraculous occurrences have been reported in the shrine which has attracted thousands of pilgrims here and abroad.
Carcar City, Cebu
Carcar City, Cebu
Walking uphill towards the Shrine
   
     Inspired by the visit of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima in 1989, Fr. John Rona obtained permission from Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu Island, to build a shrine to host the Perpetual Dawn Rosary, a Philippine devotion in which people gather before dawn to begin their day with prayer to Our Lady. He was unable to find an appropriate site, though, until several people dreamed it should be located on Perrelos Hill near the city of Carcar. Soon the property went up for sale at a very low price. The shrine complex, nestled between mountains and sea, includes a large pavilion with a stylized Virgin of the Sign icon, and a 20' white statue of Our Lady of Fatima. On Sept 9, 1992, when Cardinal Vidal blessed the statue under the title of Theotokos (Mother of God), many people witnessed the "miracle of the sun" dancing across the sky, spinning, and changing colors. This recurred for five months, attracting many visitors. (Information from Mary Anne D. Tolentino, maanspilgrimsite.blogspot.com/2006/02/theotokos-shrine-carcar-cebu.html/; photo from archipelagotours.org/carcar.html.)

Theotokos Shrine, Carcar City, CebuTheotokos Shrine, Carcar City, Cebu

Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City
     This is the Perrelos Parish also located inside the Theotokos Compound. We really like the structure of the church as the walls are made of grills which allows utmost ventilation and illumination. No need for electric fans and artificial lighting during daytime. Very friendly to claustrophobics too. :)
      The Holy Family inside the church.

The environment is so tranquil, really the right place to reflect upon our lives.
      Here is a chapel which is just beside the Perrelos Church.


      Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar CityTheotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City
       A sight to behold are the giant statues of angels.
Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City
Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City
Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City

Theotokos Shrine, Perrelos Hill, Carcar City






























































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