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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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  1. it is a very nice facility for worship. and i think that because it's not popular to regular church goers that helps preserve the facility.

  2. Ang ganda ng church na 'to. Sana makabisita kami dito one of these days.

  3. I love how they maintained this church, ang ganda!

  4. I usually prefer old churches over new ones. I am drawn to the churches history.

  5. Been there a couple of times and i like that the place is so solemn and ideal for intimate prayer. Di sya laging puntahan ng maraming tao.

  6. It's my first time to see what's inside that monastery, though I often passed by Gilmore.

  7. Love visiting old churches. Hopefully I can visit this one soon.

  8. Looks like a very solemn place that's perfect to pray and reflect. Thanks for sharing! ;)

  9. I like visiting old churches in other countries to learn more about it's history. I've never been to that church before thanks for sharing.

  10. I used to work in that area but never really found time to hear mass. The church looks regal over the years

  11. Maganda nga ang church na yan.

  12. We've been to this church last year during "Visita eglesia". It was very beautiful and solemn place perfect for an intimate conversation with God.

  13. haven't been to this place pero ang aliwalas ng chapel nila.. Parang kung malapit lang ako, jan ang magpray and muni-muni. I used to go to churches just to clear my mind off and syempre to get some answers..

  14. I have never tried Visita Iglesia before but I always enjoy visiting churches. They have a certain air of calm and tranquility about them that will leave any visitor feeling more peaceful. This one is yet another beautiful church I hope I could visit one day.


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