Originally, after visiting Saint Joseph The Worker Parish in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, we were planning to head straight to Bocaue to visit the Santo Cristo Parish where the famous Saint Andrew Kim Taegon Shrine is situated. However, we came across another parish in San Jose Del Monte and we decided to stop by and include the church in our itinerary. As i mentioned in my previous post, we really don’t have a concrete plan for this “Visita Iglesia”. We just searched the web and randomly pick 7 churches in Bulacan (we ended up visiting 8 churches, 1 chapel, and 1 shrine).
Located in Muzon, San Jose Del Monte (just a few minutes drive from Saint Joseph the Worker Parish) lies a highly elevated church dedicated under the patronage of San Isidro Labrador. What really caught our attention first is the huge and welcoming statue of San Isidro outside church. San Isidro Labrador is known to be the patron saint of farmers and is often seen holding a shovel or a sickle. The feast day of San Isidro is every 15th of May which is celebrated festively especially in Lucban, Quezon where they honor the saint with colorful Pahiyas Festival.
The Statue of San Isidro Labrador outside the church situated on top of its Religious Store
Unlike the first church (Saint Joseph the Worker), San Isidro Labrador Parish in Muzon is relatively new. According to Malolos Diocese Page, the church was founded in 1998. In fact, they recently had a solemn dedication of the parish last year. The church was officially declared as a Parish in March 2002. The solemn dedication of the church was done in March of 2020 which also marks its 18th anniversary.
Unfortunately, during our visit, the parish is not yet welcoming any pilgrims in observance of the pandemic. There was also a special church event that time so we were not able to explore the church but I was able to take a quick peak. We just decided to recite one station of the cross in this parish before heading to our next destination.
San Isidro Labrador Parish in Muzon, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan comes with a simple yet tall facade. The majority of the church exterior is painted with a beige-like color and is complimented by simple stained glass windows. It also comes with spacious porch and two narrow bell towers on both sides.
The main altar
The church also welcomes you to a large interior. It offers a stunning and uniquely designed bronze altar. I wasn’t able to get a closer look of the altar but at first glance, i thought it was made out of wooden materials like rattan and bamboo. It features some woven patterns and is ornamented with details like banana trees, pineapple, and more (which makes perfect sense knowing that the church is dedicated to San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers and harvest)
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
The main retablo comes with four large niches. The upper niche features the image of Santo Cristo while the center niche enshrines the image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (just on top of the tabernacle). The two other niches features the images of San Isidro Labrador and Saint Peter the Apostle.
San Isidro Labrador
Seat of Saint Peter
It is interesting to note that Brgy Muzon has three primary patrons; Saint Joseph (the patron saint of carpenters and workers), San Isidro Labrador (the patron saint of farmers), and Saint Peter (the patron saint of fishermen). Which is why they celebrate the so-called “Obrero Festival” every month of February that highlights the importance of laborers (obrero in Spanish).
Our Lady of La Salette
On the sanctuaries, you will also find altars dedicated to Saint Joseph and Our Lady of La Salette (their secondary patroness).
After our quick visit to the parish, we headed next to Nuestro Señor Jesucristo Parish in Bocaue.
This post is part of my Bulacan Pilgrimage series. Feel free to visit my previous entries
- A Pilgrimage to Bulacan
- Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
- San Isidro Labrador Parish in Muzon, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan
- Nuestro Señor Jesucristo Parish / Diocesan Shrine of Saint Andrew Kim Taegon
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