Holy Week is a significant event for Christians around the world, as we commemorate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week leading up to Easter Sunday is a time of reflection, repentance, and dedication for believers. Many solemn places are visited during this Holy Week, such as churches, chapels, and places of pilgrimage. This is a sacred time where people take time to pay respect and honor to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We have listed here a few of the solemn places in Cebu you may want to visit this Holy Week.
Talavera House of Prayer
The Talavera House of Prayer is owned by the University of San Jose-Recoletos. This is where students and members of the school administration including priests hold their spiritual retreat. In the past years, the place has been opened to the public as a venue for prayer and spiritual retreat. It is located at Greenbelt Drive, Quiot Pardo, Cebu City.
Celestial Gardens, Good Shepherd
This is actually a memorial park inside a 12-hectare property owned by Tanchan Foundation. But because of its life-sized statues of the Stations of the Cross, it has become a favorite venue for friends and families who want to have a prayerful Holy Week. The stations of the cross are placed across the vast property making the journey from one station to another meaningful especially to those who come here with an intent of sharing, even for just a bit, in Jesus’ pains as He was carrying his cross. The panoramic view of Cebu City is a welcome treat after finishing all stations. This is located in Banawa, Cebu City.
Tabor Hill – Order of the Discalced Augustinians
Tabor Hill has also become a favorite among Cebuanos during the Holy Week. Visitors come here to pray and reflect on the sufferings of Jesus in the hands of His crucifier. It also has stations of the cross where families and friends can pray and recite the prayer in each of the stations of the cross. The statues of Mother Mary, some saints and the 33-meter Millennium Cross are visual treats to the visitors. Tabor Hill is in Talamban, Cebu City.
Q – Park
Who does not go to Q Park? It is located between Barangays Buluan, Canamocan and Tubigan in Compostela. Owned by the prominent Quisumbing family, Q Park is known for its 41-foot statue of Mother Mary, which can be reached by climbing the 100 steps. This is a top stop for most during the Holy Week because of its stations of the cross.
Our Lady of Lindogon Shrine
Also known as the Simala Shrine as it is located in Simala, Sibonga, the Our Lady of Lindogon Shrine is an all-year-round go-to place not only for Cebuanos but for all Catholics. It is located in a hill, once so steep only motorbikes could reach, in Barangay Simala. The statue of the Lady of Lindogon is known for being miraculous in more than once occasions it cried blood. Faithfuls who want something will just visit the shrine, offer a candle, say a prayer and wait for a miracle to happen. During the Holy Week, hundreds or even thousands of visitors come here to pray and reflect.
These solemn places serve as a reminder of the depth of love demonstrated by Jesus Christ and the salvation that he has brought for humanity. It is a time of deep reflection, and people look forward to the joy of Easter Sunday after experiencing the somberness of the week.