After a satisfying lunch and rest at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, we took a jeep ride going to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban Quezon. It is a healing center located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, a compound with the statue of Jesus Christ situated on the topmost part of the hill, and the church at the foot of the slope where the healing masses officiated by Fr. Joey Faller were celebrated every Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30-12noon. (See more of the mass schedules here).
I first visited the church and vow some personal wishes and gratitude for another year He has given me. Thankful for I’m not anymore confused asking the usual ‘Where am I heading at in this life’s journey?’ I’m excited actually of what lies ahead of me…for I believe in His plans and that He has something in store for me in the future.
Kamay ni Hesus is an ideal destination during Holy Week Pilgrims where life size images of saints were displayed depicting the Station of the Cross.
Noah's Ark- still under construction
We first stopped at one corner to light color-coded candles according to intentions (5 different colored candles at P20/pack).
Okay, seems I’m ready to climb up! The guard on duty instructed us not to spend too long upstairs since the gate will be closed at 5:30pm (It’s around 5pm then). No worries, coz it’ll be a swift climb for me (I thought so). Gil was, well, will just wait for me downstairs…church’s side. ;)
I actually didn’t start from point 1 to 2 and so forth. My goal was to reach the top and experience the feeling of being closer to heaven thus I just shoot some stations I passed by.
After few steps, I looked down…
I’m getting there…
It actually took me some stops to catch my breath. Lol! This trek was really tiring and leg breaking. I don’t even have bottled drinks or hanky with me. I should have known….Haha!
The view from the top was foggy and breathtaking! Trees were surrounding the area with benches underneath…a simple way of nature as if saying ‘Come and rest for a while. I know you’re tired. I prepared this shade for you.” I stayed for a while to recharge and savor the experience. If only Gil knew what he’s missing. Hehe! ;)
Don’t ever think that the trek going down will be as easy as I thought. It’s not! Stairs were steep and of large intervals.
And Gil? There he was…waiting. ;)
Glad to have visited Kamay ni Hesus for the first time. It’s my day today…and I really feel blessed.
We just crossed the street for our last stop before we hit home. That one--on my next entry! ;)
Going to Kamay ni Hesus:
From Lucena Grand Central, hop in a Lucban bound jeep and ask the driver to drop you off Kamay ni Hesus or grotto (the most common term among locals). Fare is at P30/ea. From Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, fare is at P13/ea.