MGA EKSENA DURING MY TREK TO 14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT THE SHRINE HILLS AT MATINA, DAVAO CITY

The 14 Stations of The Cross or otherwise known as The Way of The Cross is one of the most widely observed traditions during the Holy Week season in the entire archipelago.  Millions of devotees feel guilty if they could not take a walk and pray to different stations of the cross in any of their favorite Holy Week places or churches.  For some, going to popular ones is the logical way to practice as throngs of people adoring the site can only mean that it is Holy indeed and prayers, petitions, and intentions were answered.

The 14 Stations of The Cross going to The Shrine of The Holy Infant Jesus of Prague is one of these popular places not only in Davao City but also a favorite among Catholic followers in the entire region.  Every year, not only during the Lenten Season that people flock and pray but also during ordinary days. However, it is during Good Friday that the place is really filled with people and even traders. Here are some pictures I took when I observed the Way of the Cross tradition.

 

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My trek began at 5:00 AM after I did my morning walk. Like the usual year, at this hour, the place is already buzzing with activity. This is the first station of the cross located at the junction between Mars, Apollo, and Saturn Streets in GSIS Heights Subdivision.
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This was the scene going to the second station of the cross and from this image, you could already imagine how the other stations would look like.
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The second station of the cross sat in front of this house. You could see how utterly disrespectful some of the devotees are. It is a gate and when peep inside the gate you can see that the house is occupied as there were two cars parked inside. Indeed, some people would do stupid things for the sake of religious practice.
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Probably, the reason why The Shrine of The Holy Infant Jesus of Prague is very popular among thousands of devotees is due to its geographical slope which is roughly around 45 degree uphill. The effort going uphill needs lots of muscles and these people thought climbing the fourteen stations is part sufferring which is one of the tenets of going to the promise of Heaven.
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Of course, whenever and where there are thousands of people, peddlers and traders are also present.

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Candle sellers are of course part of the sights and sounds during Good Friday here at Matina Hills.

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You can see that there is a space between the crowd and the station of the cross. This is due to people lighting and placing their candles on the sidewalks.
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This is going to the fourth station of the cross. You can see part of Mount Apo in the background.

 

 

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The struggle to climb uphill continues even if one needs the aid of walking cane.

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You know that you are more than halfway there at Matina Shrine Hills when you see food and drinks available for sale.
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The scene going the the 14th station of the cross.

Some scenes inside the The Shrine Hills.

And now the scenes after finishing the Way of The Cross and praying the Rosary at the Fatima Praying Room.

 

 

Picture credits :  From own camera.

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