The Augustinians and the Philippine Church and the Lenten Exhibit of San Agustin 2022

San Agustin Parish in Intramuros, Manila once again reopened their doors for their annual Lenten exhibit. It has been a yearly tradition for the parish to organize a lenten exhibit with the help from various camareros in the country. Prior to that, the convent also launched an exhibit entitled “The Augustinians and the Philippine Church” that filled their cloisters with various images and paintings depicting the life of the Augustinian friars in the country as well as their devotion to the Santo Niño. Since the cloisters are currently occupied by another exhibit, the Lenten exhibit was brought inside the church of San Agustin. The life-size processional images depicting the Passion of Christ were displayed in the church’s side altars and chapels.

The exhibit officially opened on March 12 and was supposed to be a month-long exhibition that will last till April 12. Unfortunately, i only got the chance to visit Intramuros last week but still grateful enough that I still spotted some images on display because, apparently, some images are already being pulled out of the exhibit in preparation for the Holy Week. I also took the opportunity to visit the “The Augustinians and the Philippine Church” which is scheduled to run till the 24th of April.

The Augustinians and the Philippine Church Exhibit

Entitled as “The Augustinians and the Philippine Church“, the exhibit aimed to feature the life of the Augustinians in our country as well as their overwhelming devotion to the Santo Niño de Cebu. The Augustinians were the founders and first apostles of the Catholic faith in the Philippines. Led by navigator and Augustinian friar Andres de Urdaneta, a Spanish fleet was sent by the king of Spain to the Philippines, together with five other Augustinian friars in Mexico.

Their arrival and subsequent settlement was the most peaceful conquest ever registered in the history of humanity. The miraculous finding of the image of the Santo Nino built a strong a solid foundation of devotion to the Child Jesus. The Augustinians were responsible for the construction of churches all over the Philippines that still now stand today, the first of which is what is now called the Basilica Menor del Santo Niño. By the end of the Spanish regime, more than two thousand Augustinians had come to the Philippines. They had founded three hundred eighty-five towns and ministered to more than two million souls, making Catholic the most prominent religion in the country. The exhibit is done in celebration of the 450th year of Mission and Love of the Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines

_DSC0292tA cross that welcomes visitors as they enter the convent. The exhibit only occupies the cloister of the convent. If you want to explore the museum, you can visit my post here (Exploring Museo de San Agustin: A Virtual Tour)
_DSC0309tThe exhibit will highlight four Santo Niño images. This include the most revered image in the country, the Santo Niño de Cebu.
Another prominent Santo Niño image is the Santo Niño de Tondo. It is considered to be the second oldest Santo Niño image in the country next to Santo Niño de Cebu.
Notable for its dark color, the miraculous image of Santo Niño de Batangan of Batangas is said to be a replica of Santo Niño de Cebu. The fourth image is the Santo Niño de Arevalo of Iloilo (sadly, the image is already pulled out). Despite the variation of different Santo Niño images, the Santo Niño or the image of the infant Jesus has practically conquered the hearts of Filipino people. The feast of Santo Niño is celebrated every January. (Check: Feast of Santo Niño)
The bust image of el Ecce Homo de Cebu, one of the three gifts given by Ferdinand Magellan to Raja Humabon and Hara Humaymay. Opposite this is the replica image of Virgen dela Cotta de Cebu.
An image of Santa Marta de Betania
Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
The exhibit also display various images of Principal patrons of various Archdioceses in the country. This an old image of San Fernando, the principal patron of San Fernando (Pampanga)
Saint Paul, the Principal Patron of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Principal patroness of Jaro
Saint John the Baptist, principal patron of the archdiocese of Kalibo (Aklan)
Immaculate Conception, the principal patron of Pasig
San Andres Apostol, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Parañaque
Image of San Longino
Another image of San Andres (Saint Andrew the Apostle)
San Sebastian, Principal patron of Tarlac
Señor Desmayado
The Crowning with Thorns
Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth
Jesus bids Farewell to His Mother
Virgen Dolorosa
San Nicolas de Tolentino
Saint John of Sahagun
Mater Dolorosa
Santo Entierro

San Agustin Lenten Exhibit 2022

The Lenten exhibit will showcase a collection of processional images from different parishes and camareros depicting the life and passion of Jesus Christ, his trials, His death, and Resurrection. All images occupied the side altars and chapels of San Agustin Church. Unlike the first exhibit, this Lenten presentation was freely accessible to public. Here are some of the images from the recently concluded Lenten Exhibit in San Agustin Museum
Ang Huling Hapunan (The Last Supper)
San Pedro Apostol
Santo Tomas Apostol
Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist
Another image of Saint John
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
Panunukso ni Satanas (Jesus is Tempted by Satan)
Scourging at the Pillar
Ecce Homo
Jesus Desmayado
Saint Mary Magdalene
Santa Veronica
Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross
Jesus Died on the cross
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus
La Pieta
The Resurrection of Christ
Virgen Maria Alegria (Virgin of Joy)


You can also revisit these previous Lenten exhibits:

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