Monday, May 16, 2011

Carmelite Monastery

Home to my favorite saint -St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Carmelite Monastery has always been dear to my heart.  It is the asylum of my weary soul.  A refuge when i need to silence the noises around me.  It used to be a very quiet place, until developments in the vicinity of Juan Luna Avenue, Mabolo and the Cebu Business Park intensified with lots of infrastructures sprucing up and public transport plying the route.  The Carmelite Monastery was made notable after the Philippine People Power Revolution in 1986 when it was known that Cory Aquino sought refuge among the Carmelite nuns in Cebu.

Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines

To this day people come to the monastery to seek the intercession of the Carmelite nuns for their various petitions bringing with them various donations for the nuns but most commonly - eggs.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

With all the plants and trees surrounding the monastery, it still is my favorite nook in the city for prayer and silence. 
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines


It was in the Carmelite Monastery that i learned this very nice prayer;
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines

The facade of the Church is very simple, reflective of the simplicity of the life of the Carmelite nuns.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

Upon entering the church, you will find an information board about the perils and realities of abortion.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

Even the main altar of the Church is simple yet beautifully adorned with many angels and cherubims.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

The ceiling 
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

and the stained-glass windows are a sight to behold.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

Inside you can find the statue of St. Elias the Prophet (Elijah), Leader and Father of the Carmelites.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

Also the statues of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

Beside the Church is the Facade of the Monastery.
Carmelite Monastery, Cebu, Philippines 

You can actually hear the Carmelite nuns singing with their angelic voices while inside the Church. It has always been a great spiritual experience every time i visit the monastery. I came out refreshed and strengthened to face another day.



View map below to locate Carmelite Monastery in Cebu City















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