Récord: 21.60 m
Localización: Tanay, Rizal
Descripción:Regina RICA: A Place of Prayer, Pilgrimage and Peace
April 1, 2013
A place of prayer, pilgrimage and peace – these are the words that best describe this holy ground situated in Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. A lot of devotees and pilgrims visit Regina RICA, Our Lady on Top of the Hill, to contemplate and commemorate Mama Mary’s divine love for us.
The Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia (RICA) is a venue for serenity, silence and stillness in our noisy and harried world run by the Dominican Sisters. Just a brief background, the first Regina Rosarii shrine in the Philippines is located at the Dominican Heights, Tagum, Davao. Her second statue is at the Rosary Hill in Tagytay. The third Regina Rosarii statue is the 30-foot revolving statue on top of the roofdeck of the motherhouse of the Domican Sisters of Regina Rosarii.
RICA is a Spanish word that means rich lady and Our Lady is the Queen of the Holy Rosary, she is highly favored and richly blest.
It was Holy Week last year when my feet first landed on this sacred ground, when all business establishments were closed from shopping malls to appliance repair services to laundry shops, etc. I instantly felt the Divine embrace of Our Lady Regina Rosarii. Her huge 71-foot high statue stands on top of the hill and seeing her image made me feel Her warmth welcome in Her beautiful paradise.
Going up, you have to walk thru the S-trail path. There are 13 candle stations where you can leave your candle offerings. Everyone is encouraged to pray and reflect while ascending the steps and at the same time exploring the breathtaking view.
Reaching the top left me in awe. It’s indeed a mesmerizing image of Our Lady Regina Rosarii made by the sculptor, Jose Barcena Jr. Under her mantle is a holding area where visitors are briefed about the place and the restrictions imposed in several areas. Below her feet is a canopy of clouds with sculptured 17 angels. Inside her mantle is an adoration chapel called SULOD (Sanctuary of Universal Love and Devotion). “Sulod” is an Ilonggo word meaning “enter”.
Pilgrims lined up to enter the adoration chapel, those wearing strapless shirts, shorts and sandos are not allowed inside. Everyone is requested to enter the scared place barefooted and to maintain silence so as not to disturb others. Cameras are not allowed inside as well.
Inside the mantle of Our Lady is the Holy Cross and Sacred Host. We sat down on the floor in an angel sit position and the nun started the prayer. We were also asked to cite our personal petitions silently. After a few minutes, we went out to give way to others in line. The exit place is the balcony of Regina Rosarii where you can have a full view of this breathtaking place.
Regina RICA: A Place of Prayer, Pilgrimage and Peace at Tanay, Rizal
You will feel the divine embrace as you tread on the holy ground trail on your way up to a hill composed of 308 steps of paved stairs leading to where you can find a towering statue of the blessed virgin Mary with the young Jesus in one of her arms. It is known as our Lady, Regina Rosarii - a 71-foot high image of our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary designed by artist-sculptor Jose Barcena Jr.
The construction of the statue started in October 7, 2009 and the blessing took place on March 19, 2010. It was inspired by the Dominican tradition of Our Lady's protective mantle that shelters her devoted children. Below the statue is a canopy of clouds where the faces of 17 angels or cherubims can be seen.
The 13.5 hectares of Regina RICA (Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia) is located along Marilaque or Marcos Highway at Sitio Aguho, Sampaloc Tanay, Rizal. It is roughly a two hours drive from Pasig city where we originated from. We only commuted so it may take just an hour and a half if you have your own vehicle.
Upon entering the gates of the Dominican community of Regina RICA, you'll see two iconic figures namely, the image of St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena at the gate. A few more steps and you'll see some letterings on the wall where motorbikes are parked that says "Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii", then you'll have to walk a few more steps towards the building structures. But from there you'll be able to see already the huge statue located on top of the hills they call El Shaddai Hills.
The words "El Shaddai" means the breasts of God, and the hills are among the symbols included in the logo of Regina RICA. The three trees symbolize Regina Rica as a place of Prayer, Ecological Sanctuary, and a Wellness Environment. The 13.5 rays of the sun stand for the 13.5 hectare land, and the black and white Dominican seal signifies the Dominican presence at the place.
Web recomendada: http://www.reginarosarii.org/
Inserción: 2015-09-29 13:34:09
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