Saturday, March 17, 2018

VISITA IGLESIA: Carmel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Carmel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus along Gilmore Avenue in Quezon City is actually a convent and a monastery. Devotees of St. Therese of Lisieux (also St. Teresa of Avila) visit this convent chapel to pray for their intentions.

This chapel is run by Carmelite nuns who have this vow of poverty and live in cloister. They rarely show themselves to people.

Marie Francoise- Therese Martin entered the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux, France at the age of fifteen. Flowers, especially roses are associated with St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

Given its location, not many people visit or familiar with this church/chapel. Tucked along Gilmore Street in Quezon City, it is easy to bypass this place even if it is just a short walk from the computer stores that Gilmore is famous for. Not to mention that the chapel has high walls surrounding it and that it stood behind an expansive driveway which is not that visible from the gate.

The monastery was built in the early 1900s and the property was donated by the rich Hemady family who used to own a big part of the New Manila area.

I haven't heard mass here yet but I'm sure that I'll treasure the experience that begins with the solemnity of the place. Similar to other convents, one can write their intentions on paper and give it to the reception area/ chapel office. Some devotees also offer eggs, food, and fruits for the nuns as a way of "thank you" for helping them with their intentions.

Carmel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
4 Gilmore Street,
New Manila, Quezon City

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Prayer to St. Therese of the Child Jesus

O little Therese of the Child Jesus, 
please pick me a rose 
from the Heavenly gardens 
and send it to me
as a message of love.

O little flower of Jesus,
ask God today to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in thy hands
(mention petitions here).

St. Therese, help me
to always believe as thou didst,
in God's great love for me,
so that I might imitate 
thy "Little Way"
each day. Amen

*** pray daily for 9 days

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