St. Pio del Pietrelcina Shrine
Santo Tomas, Philippines
St. Pio del Pietrelcina Shrine Santo Tomas Reviews
A Nature-Inspired Church, A Home To A Stigmatist Jan 11, 2015
I am privileged to visit the Shrine of St. Pio del Pietrelcina (fondly called as Padre Pio) in St. Tomas, Batangas sometime in November of 20014 which happens to be one of the shrines and centers of Padre Pio in the Philippines.
The SHRINE in general is consist of : the church dedicated to Padre Pio, The Mary – Mother of Mercy belfry, the Chapel of the Living Water and the Images of Mary, The Chapel of the Saints and Baptistry, the Adoration Chapel, the Museum that houses the scriptures of Padre Pio’s life, works and blessedness, and some other sanctuaries in the compound.
The structure of the church is one of a kind. It is designed in a tropical concept and is made of eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, nipa, wood and natural stone. The nature – friendly church has no solid walls, but only the posts that hold the circular roof. The whole concept resembles serene, solemn, unique and really a welcoming church that prompts people to pray in a nature-inspired environment. Since the church is dedicated to Padre Pio, images and statues of the Saint are displayed here and there and every corner of the church.
Aside from the three beautifully made bells from Holland, a big statue of Mama Mary, Mother of Mercy is a big attraction on the commendably crafted belfry. The second and the third levels of this structure serve as a museum that caters some paintings and scriptures about Padre Pio.
At the basement of the belfry is the Chapel of the Living Water and the Images of Mary. There are also clay pots containing potable water. Pilgrims and devotees come here to be blessed by the holy water. Encircled along the sides of the chapel are the different Images of Mama Mary.
At the back of the altar of the church, is another nature-designed structure that serves as Adoration Chapel. A Holy Hour is held here every Friday after the 5pm mass.
Underneath the Adoration Chapel is the Baptistry and the Chapel of Saints. This is where the Images of Jesus Christ, Mama Mary and other Saints were kept for devotion and were only brought to the main church for novena and devotion during the particular image’s feast celebration.
Though there are series of masses held every day, but every 23rd of the month is a special day and thousands of devotees come there for a special veneration, devotion, blessing and healing. It is also at this day (23rd) where the faithful are given the chance to kiss the first class relics of Padre Pio (a piece of cloth with his blood stain) and be anointed with special oil by priests and nuns.
Do visit the shrine and have your prayer requests granted by Almighty Father through the intercession of Padre Pio, the stigmatist.
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