The sculpture of Miraculous Mother Mary at the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist is located at Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines. The holy place is commonly known by locals as “Birhen Sa Simala Church”, filled with miraculous testimonials from devotees, believers and visitors who witnessed the event during the shedding of blood tears of Mother Mary’s image.
People from all walks of life within locals, other regions, and or from abroad, if you wish to have a tour/vacation in Cebu province — this must include on your list for places to visit in Cebu in the divine sanctuary of Mother Mary. There are living testimonials of the people whose prayers have been granted and answered. The appearance of the living proof having been displayed in the galleries in an ‘aparador’/glass closet – filled with tributes, letters/notes of achievements, granted prayers (about: employment, cured sick, working abroad and or board passers) from people whom have received the divine grace of Holy Mary. There are also different crutches and walkers (with letters), badges (with letters) existed and many more.
“This crown structure is memorial of the victorious and powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother thru the Penitential Rosary Walk in 1998, against the killer epidemic hat struck the place, where several lives of poor children and infants had died. Built to honor Mary on the 8th year anniversary of the Monks arrival in Lindogon. Blessed on the 27th day of February, 2004.”
If you wish to give your donations, give it directly to the monks and not to anyone else. Aside from donations, there are several boxes displayed inside a certain area of monastery purposely for prayer requests, petitions and thanksgiving letters. Aside of those, a souvenir shop is also available inside the monastery that sells variety of rosaries, statues, prayer guides, and etc.
Church Dress Code/ Regulation:
A gentle reminder from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the following guidelines must be strictly followed and not allowed to wear inside the Monastery: wearing of tube & short blouses/dresses, fitting & transparent pants, spaghetti straps/sleeveless dress, mini skirts, shorts. While taking you to the Monastery, it is required to remove footwear before entering the Mother Mary’s prayer room. Cameras flash should be turned off while taking pictures so as not to interrupt/destruct others when praying.
All Catholic & Non-Catholic are advised to please respect and observe solemnity inside the Church. Smoking is prohibited inside the premises. Parking area is situated to the right side of the entrance.
Candles available nearby monastery:
There’s an available colored candles near the monastery. Proceeds of the candles will give part to the monks for funds. The following are colored candles with it’s own purpose.
- Gold: Healing (Good health, Recovery, Spiritual, Family Tree)
- Green: Prosperity/Success (Exams, Study, Financial, Business)
- Blue: Perseverance (Employment, Career, Assignment, Promotions)
- Violet: Achievement (Plans in life, Struggles, Endeavors, Journeys, Voyage)
- Red: Love (Utility, Friendship, Engagement, Family)
- Yellow: Peace (Courage, Strength, Hope)
- White: Purity (Enlightenment, Guidance, Right Path)
- Orange: Reconciliation (Sweetheart, Wife, Husband, Enemy, Family)
- Pink: Thanksgiving/Happiness/Joy (Spiritual, Physical)
- Black: Souls (Forgiveness, Pardon)
- Brown: Vocation (Marriage Bond, God’s Servant, Single life)
- Gray: Deliverance (Bad ways, Things, Spirits)
- Cream: Conversion/Faith (Children, Household, Couples)
Aside from the different colors outside the monastery, there are also ordinary candles available at the candle station inside the monastery.
The Facade of the Monastery. The sanctuary castle and pilgrimage center of Marian devotees.
The sacred image of Miraculous Mother Mary as the living proof with increasing numbers of devotees, visitors regularly and due this lots of improvements have been done on the church because of the donations from anonymous people. To date, the sanctuary have become wider and bigger and an on-going construction has started at the left adjacent to the main castle. Presumably when that construction will soon be finished/completed this can give freely ease convenience for guests, devotees and visitors.
Different replica/statue of Blessed Virgin Mary…
There are different types of statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary inside the monastery which represents different culture and replica’s from different places/provinces of the Philippines and even replica’s of Virgin Mary from other countries. A visitors log book is also present as documentation for guests and devotees.
Long queue through the main altar…
During peak season and special occasions anticipate for huge number of people in a long queue. You’ll be walking in a barefoot (requires to take-off footwear) in heading to the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary (as seen above).
Birhen Sa Simala: Holy Mass Schedule
|Sundays||12:00 Noon & 3:30 PM|
|13th of the Month||10:30 AM & 3:30 PM|
Where & How to get through to Birhen sa Simala?
If you are from Cebu City taking you through Sibonga town proper to estimate of 50 kilometers southeast or travel time for about 2-hours and can be reached via any of the buses (aircon/non air-con) that leaves regularly for Sibonga from the South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso Ave. in Cebu City. Bus fare is less than a hundred pesos. The place is famous among all passengers, just ask the conductor to drop you off to the crossing in going to Birhen sa Simala. Mary’s pilgrimage is few kilometers away from the drop off point and you can reach the destination by riding in a motorcycles for hire “habal-habal” or public tricycles. The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist opens daily from 8:00AM-6:00PM.
[Check more photos at Facebook page] Update: June 2, 2014