There’s a place in Lipa City, Batangas where I find solace ever since I was a school girl. It’s a church – Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, where our family usually go to every 1st Saturday of the month.
This place has been
my our go-to place whenever we need some guidance and peace from the daily grinds of city life. It’s nestled in a quiet area in the city proper – which makes it more interesting because as soon as you enter the compound, you can already feel solitude and quietness of spirit. It’s as if your worries are starting to melt away.
When I was still in school, I visit before my examination week. It had become a pledge of some sort as my visit in some way helped me cope with my schooling. Now that I’m already working, we try to come over and hear 1st Saturday mass.
This church was built at the place where Mary showed herself to Sister Teresita in the Carmelite Monastery. The apparitions and the shower of petals happened in September to October 1948. The Blessed Mother singled out a new saint – St. Louis Grignion de Montfort for us to follow our Christian lives on. You may get the whole story of her apparitions here.
Now, they are constructing a new church in a bigger compound not far away from the current location. I guess this is to address the growing number of pilgrims regularly visiting the church and to maintain the monastery a quiet place. Although the visiting crowds rarely make noise, it might have been difficult for the nuns to consecrate on their religious activities (this is just me talking, okay?)
I just hope that when they move, there will still be a garden with lush trees where you can hear the breeze and have some quiet time for meditation and prayer similar to the one they have now.
How to get there:
Take SLEX and STAR Tollway, exit at Lipa City (Tambo). Follow the jeepneys plying the city route until you reach P. Torres St. The church is on the left side of the street.
Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace
Antipolo del Norte, P. Torres St.
Lipa City, Batangas
Tel. No. (043) 757-5430
After hearing mass, it has also become a must to drop by Cordero Siopao House. I can’t remember the current street name anymore but the old street name is Kalipulako. You can’t miss the right turn because it’s in a busy minor intersection. It’s an old house adjacent to an empty lot. Their mami and siopao asado are to die for!
Next time you’re in Lipa, try to have your soul and tummy filled 🙂
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