Last month, Legion of Mary celebrated their 76th founding anniversary here in the Philippines. July marks the Awareness month of Legionaries nationwide and part of the special activities of our Praesidium is the annual pilgrimage tour. This year , in celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we decided to visit the five designated Jubilee churches in Manila and obtain our very own Pilgrim passport and certificate. Unlike our Batangas Pilrimage last year, we only have five churches on our list so we are not really in a hurry. Manila on the first place is not too far from Cavite. Our first destination is the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay.Our Lady Of Sorrows Parish is established in 1941 by the Society of St. Paul. As you can see, the building is not that old but it actually has a huge historical significance. This is the church where Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and Corazon Aquino was married in 1953. They even took former President Ramon Magsaysay as one of their principal sponsors.The church has a very simple facade. It has a huge carved image on the center depicting Our Lady of Sorrows (sorrowful Mary at the foot of Jesus’ cross along with Saint John).
The Porta Sancta (Holy Door)The Church’s nave. The parish by the way is also the headquarters of the Pasay Chapter of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL).The main altar of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish with a statue of La Pieta in the center (on top of the tabernacle). La Pieta is a Renaissance-inspired sculpture that depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.
The image of Our Lady of Sorrows as seen from their right sanctuary.Here are the things a pilgrim can do during the visit.
How to get here:
In between Taft Avenue and Roxas Boulevard, from Buendia (Gil Puyat) northbound from Roxas Blvd. towards Taft and Makati, take a right turn after the first intersection before Mercury Drug and the Church is less than 500 meters from the intersection. If you are southbound on Buendia you have to cross Buendia or by a vehicle go around a U-turn slot so that you can go northbound