This is a super late post but I still deem worth posting anyway.
Last Holy Week, our parish went to a pilgrimage in the Albay province. Mama said there will be two places to be visited. Since I have not been to the places she mentioned, I decided to go.
Our first stop was the Our Lady of the Gate Church in Daraga, Albay. It is a centuries-old church located on top of a hill.
Its exterior’s intricate carving reveal the art style of our forefathers.
Before I roamed around the place, mass was celebrated by the priests
This was where we were seated:
mother and child
A huge door which was supposed to have given us the perfect view of Mt. Mayon. Unfortunately, the clouds covered her up.
After the mass, I went to the door at the left side of the church and found myself in an alley leading to the Sacristy.
Our Lady of the Gate/ Nuestra Señora de la Porteria
Our parish patron saint was there
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
along with other images of Jesus and the Saints
On the other side of the alley is where candles are lit.
Still on the same alley was this huge painting
I found myself in a mini museum once I crossed the door
The black and white (sepia?) pictures depict the church and its parishioners during the olden times.
And of course, this plaque from the National Museum.
It’s a nice feeling to be off someplace where I do not go often. In this case, it’s mu first tome to be here and I’m glad I joined our parish pilgrimage.
I hope to join again!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! ❤️