A trip to Lucban may not be completed without dropping by to the well known pilgrim site, the Kamay Ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus). Whether you are a religious person or not, Kamay Ni Hesus is indeed a great destination you should not miss!
One of the most interesting highlights of Kamay Ni Hesus is the 50ft Statue of the Risen Christ. The statue as well as the Way of the Cross grotto are situated on the slopes of Mount Banahaw. Visitors must be able to conquer all the 305 steps in order to reach the top.
This is actually not my first time to visit the well-known pilgrim site. I’ve been here last Lent season and also after the Pahiyas Festival (Check Pahiyas Festival 2017). Kamay ni Hesus is located in Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon and I must say that it was not an easy ride. We passed through some nerve wrecking curves. Aside from the marvelous 50 ft image of the Risen Christ which is by the way considered the third largest in the world, people especially the devotees are visiting this place for many reasons.
Located at the foot of the Via Dolorosa Grotto is the Healing Church. People who are seeking for spiritual enlightenment used to attend the healing mass lead by Father Joey Faller. Check more about this healing priest at : A Visit To Kamay Ni Hesus – Father Faller and the Healing Church.
The Via Dolorosa Grotto and the 50ft Statue of the Christ was inaugurated on December of 2004. It is constantly being improved for the convenience of those who want to climb the grotto. The place really reminds me of the Via Dolorosa Shrine in Pinagmisahan Hills in Antipolo except for the fact that all stations here can be seen at one glance. (Check : Via Dolorosa Shrine in Pinagmisahan Hills)
The Via Dolorosa Grotto and the 50ft Image of the Ascending Christ
The First Station of the cross : The Last Supper
Second Station of the Cross : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane
Third Station of the Cross : Jesus in Front of the Sanhedrin
The Fourth Station of the Cross : The Scourging and Crowning of thorns
The Fifth station of the cross : Jesus Carries His Cross
The Sixth Station of the cross : Jesus falls under the weight of the Cross
The Seventh Station of the Cross : Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross of Jesus
The Eighth Station of the Cross : Jesus meets the pious women of Jerusalem
The Ninth Station of the Cross: Jesus nailed to the cross
Tenth Station of the Cross : The Repentant Thief
Eleventh Station of the Cross: Mary and John at the foot of the cross
Twelfth Station of the Cross : Jesus Dies on the cross
Thirteenth Station of the Cross: Jesus was laid in the tomb
The Last Station of the Cross : Jesus rises from death
The image of Our Lady of Lourdes can also be found on the center of the Grotto.
The 50ft Image of the Risen Christ
Aside from the marvelous image of the Risen Christ, Kamay ni Hesus also features other notable attractions including the Holy Family Park (Check : Holy Family Park), Retreat Centers, Garden of Eden (Check : Garden of Eden) and also the Luklukan ni Maria.
If The Via Dolorosa features statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross, The Luklukan Ni Maria Shrine features statues depicting all the scenes stated from the Holy Rosary.
This one depicts the Annuciation
The huge image of Mary
There is also a mini replica of the entire Kamay Ni Hesus Shrine
The life-size replica of Noah’s Arc in the Garden of Eden
Some other attractions in the Garden of Eden
Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Kamay ni Hesus
►There is NO ENTRANCE FEE in Kamay Ni Hesus
►There is however a Parking fee of Php30
►There are 305 Steps to climb before reaching the grotto so make sure to bring water and anything to protect you from the scourging heat
►The 50ft Image of the Risen Christ is considered the third tallest in the world
►The gate of Kamay ni Hesus is Open from 6am to 6pm DAILY
►The Grotto, however, is accessible every Monday-Tuesday-Thursday and Friday from 8am to 4:30pm while on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, the Grotto opens from 7am to 5pm
►The mass on Weekdays is at 9am (except Wednesday in which it is held on 9:30)
►On Saturdays , the Healing Mass of Father Faller is at 9:30am while the Antipated mass is on 5:00pm
►On Sundays, the masses are from 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM while the Healing Mass is on 3Pm
►You can visit their official site at KamayniHesus.ph
►Souvenirs and Food stalls can be found within the area
►They also have retreat centers while the life size Noah’s ark features rooms you can rent for overnight stays, function halls and other facilities. The rates will range from Php400 to Php1500 per head
How to Get to Kamay Ni Hesus
►If you are coming from Manila, simply ride a transit bus bound to Sta Cruz/Calamba (there are bus terminals in Cubao -HM Transport Buses) and in Buendia (GreenStar Transit). From Sta Cruz, you can ride a jeep that is bound to Lucban. From the town proper of Lucban, you can ride a trike and tell the driver to drop you off at the Shrine.
►You can also get off at SM Calamba and look for the passenger van terminal where you’ll find PUVs headed to Lucban. From there, just follow the instructions above.
Where to Stay in Quezon
There are many hotels nearby the area that you can stay. Here are the List of Hotels in Quezon and their rates
Also don’t forget to check the List of Things You can Buy When Visiting Kamay Ni Hesus