“And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” –Genesis 2:3 (NIV)
As a nation that is mostly catholic, the Philippines (filipinos) consider Sunday as the seventh day- the time to not just relax and bond with family and friends but also the time to visit the church.
Today, a friend and I decided to visit the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod at the Level 7 of SM Aura Premier at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
San Pedro Calungsod (also known as Saint Peter Calungsod or Pedro Calonsor) is a young Filipino saint (aged 17 at the time of death) and was formally beatified on March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II (Canonized today -April 27, 2014) and was officially canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. (Details from Wikipedia)
The chapel opened last May of 2013 and has been considered as a place to rest and pray specially for the patrons of the mall. With an Asian-inspired interior (based on my own judgement because of wood and marble finish), semi-circular-tube-like-architecture (which really helps in creating a very good sound quality for the audio speakers), 300 persons (almost) seating capacity and a landscaped garden, the chapel can almost be considered as a perfect place to reflect and be one with God.
Being on top of a mall, expect that Sundays could really be crowded. And since it caters mostly to families, expect that there would be lots of children- and children can ‘sometimes’ be associated with noise, tantrums, and play! (Remember the phrase?- Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Kids are from Hell! hahaha) Which affects greatly the solemnity of the place.
But that’s fine. We adults love children and can always choose (or try) to forgive them….right? (I know I got some negative reactions there…lol)
Anyway, bottomline is, The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod is a place of worship, and whatever ‘external’ or even ‘internal’ situations or issues we have, we should still find peace deep within ourselves, to help us commune better with our Creator.
For Mass Schedules:
And a copy of Prayer to St. Pedro Calungsod for your personal intentions.
Enjoy wandering guys!
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