Welcome to the Marian Healing Pilgrimages
The Marian Healing Pilgrimage Shrines are constructed on a 20-hectare (50-acre) property encompassed within a 90-hectare (223-acre) virgin rain forest located at Sagpangan mountain in Aborlan, Palawan. MHP shrines are comprised of ten famous Marian apparition sites and devotions from around the world:
The Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. You have climbed 500 feet above sea level on Mother Mary’s mountain. Walk up the steps to gazebo and rest awhile, enjoying the good perspective you have of the surrounding area:
the Sagpangan mountains, Palawan’s eastern seacoast on the horizon, the view of Malanao and Sombrero Islands. In this same way, ponder God’s perspective of your life as you enter the first shrine of Our Lady: Our Mother of Perpetual Help. What have you done for Christ? What are you doing for Christ? What will you do for Christ? For His Church and His Mother? of the devotion that was officially documented in 1495 in Crete, formerly under the rule of Venice, Italy.
Rosary Hill is dedicated to helping us meditate on the great mysteries of our healing and salvation, and grow in our familiarity and intimacy with Christ.
Each stone represents a prayer, and promotes active contemplation or instruction. The mysteries of the rosary are illustrated on wooden slabs indigenous to the area and specially handcrafted by Father Ricardo Sta. Cruz. The designs, rich with symbolism, provide a unique prayer and meditation experience. A statue of Our Lady stands as the centerpiece of the garden, and is surrounded by flowers representing the mysteries of Christ’s life – white flowering plants for the joyful, red for the sorrowful, yellow for the glorious and purple for the luminous.
The Rosary focuses on Jesus – his birth, life, death and resurrection- seen from the eyes of Mary, His mother. Since the Rosary is primarily composed of the prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation (the Our Father and Hail Mary), it was the first prayer and principal devotion of the faithful from the time of the apostles and disciples down to our present day. The Our Father reminds us that the Father so loved the world that He gave His Son for our redemption, so that we, too, may be called sons and daughters of God. In the Hail Mary we ask Mother Mary to accompany us in contemplating these mysteries, because she was and is the most closely united to Jesus in His earthly life and heavenly glory. She, more than anyone, can help us come to a deeper knowledge and love of God. Culminating with the glorious mysteries, the Rosary reminds us that the purpose and meaning of all life is found in the glory of the Trinity.
After the Mass, the Rosary is the most pleasing and powerful prayer to the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother. The Saints and Our Lady herself tirelessly encourage the faithful to pray the Rosary to give glory to Jesus, protect our souls, and obtain all our needs.
While praying on Rosary Hill, we remember that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in faith, hope and love that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.
“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”–St. Dominic
Seven Benefits of the Rosary
- It offers us with an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and sets us on fire with love for Our Lord.
- It purifies our souls and washes away our sins.
- It instructs us to a deeper understanding of our faith and makes us more religious.
- It makes it easy for us to practice virtue and avoid sin.
- It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men.
- It obtains for us all kinds of graces, merits and blessings from Almighty God: forgiveness, courage, peace, happiness and love.
- The faithful departed (the Holy Souls) are prayed for.
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary.”
–Sister Lucia dos Santos
“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”
– Archbishop Fulton Sheen
It is located next to Rosary Hill and has a fantastic view of Palawan’s eastern seacoast and the Sagpangan mountain ranges. Towards the west, you can seen the Mountain of the Resurrection where the 15 Stations of the Cross are located. It is approximately 550 feet above sea level. The shrine houses Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on the left, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the center, and Mary Undoer of Knots on the right.
Her messages are always of prayer, conversion and hope through her intercession with Jesus as Mother. Let us come to Mother Mary as humble children, so that she may lead us towards a deeper conversion of heart. Enjoy God’s majestic splendor as you climb up the 500 steps (650ft above sea level) to Apparition Hill.
The Stations of the Cross and the Risen Christ.
On Resurrection Hill, we accompany Jesus as Mary did with the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, from the Agony in the Garden to the Resurrection of Jesus.
With our Blessed Mother, let us contemplate Christ on the way of the cross, so that we may come to realize how much Jesus sacrificed for us and share more fully in the glory of His resurrection.
“Look into My Heart and see there the love and mercy which I have for humankind, and especially for sinners. Look, and enter into My Passion.”
– Jesus to St. Faustina
Scriptural Stations of the Cross. The following Stations of the Cross are based on those celebrated by St. Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional Stations of the Cross, reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Enjoy God’s majestic splendor as you climb up the 750 steps to the Risen Christ, (800ft above sea level).
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
The quintessential pilgrimage site of healing, a replica of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes rests between natural water falls originating from seven springs and surrounded by the richness of natural forests.
The water falls mirror the miraculous spring in Lourdes, France, which symbolizes the healing grace poured out in the sacraments of baptism and reconciliation.
Millions of pilgrims have sought peace and healing from the original Grotto of Lourdes, with thousands of documented medical miracles having taken place there and countless more spiritual healings. Walk the 205 steps to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, and ask her intercession for deeper healing of heart, mind, body and soul. Enjoy God’s majestic splendor as you go down to the 205 steps to reach the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Labyrinth of the Immaculate Conception
The Labyrinth of the Immaculate Conception offers us a passage through contemplative experience, a chance to leave schedules and the stresses of daily life behind. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, with its changes of
direction, transition, transformation, discovery and healing.
Mary’s Immaculate Conception, or being free of sin from the first moment of her life, reflects a unique gift given to her by God in preparation for becoming the Mother of God and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Although Mary enjoys an intimacy with God as Mother and Spouse unparalleled by any other creature, we are also called to be close to God and bring Him to the world as Mary did. As her Immaculate Conception and life of virtue enabled her to say “yes” to God with joy and generosity at every moment, so too can we strive to imitate her virtues and move ever closer to the Lord. Because sin separates us from God, let us ask for Mary’s help in becoming more like her so we can say “yes” to God’s will for our lives with joy.
THE SUMMIT: THE CROSS OF CHRIST and ASCENCION CHAPEL
The cross, like any of God’s mysteries, speaks to us in a universal yet deeply personal way. As Christians, the cross symbolizes the victory of our Lord over sin and death, a lively hope in the redemptive power of God in midst of
our sufferings and trials, and our call to imitate the love of Christ that gives everything without counting the cost.
God’s love is so victorious that it even has the power to use what evil would use for destruction to bring about our redemption. God’s love does not simply cover, erase or wash over our sins and their effects, but displays its glory by taking what would be used for evil and transforming it into something completely new, beautiful and life giving. “What you intended for evil, God intended for good” (Gen 50:20).
With knowledge of this redemptive power of God, we also gain hope, strength and perseverance in the midst of our own sufferings and trials. Our hope lies in the power of God to transform even our darkest experiences into the very moments that bring about our greatest transformation and abundant life. In our daily crosses we have the promise that God will give us “beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning” [Is 61:3] in His own perfect timing. The passion of Christ gives meaning in all our suffering, and enables us to experience the sweetness and lightness of the burden of love [Matt 11:30] rather than abandoning us to meaninglessness and despair. There is no resurrection without the cross, and the cross always presses forward beyond itself to the true life and glory it promises.
“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”[Luke 9:23]
A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!
Every year, the season of Lent gives us a fresh opportunity to step back from our habits and circumstances, identify areas of our selves and our lives that need cleansing or healing, and prepare for the victory of love over death.