#LittlePilgrimage 34. Church Of The Holy Spirit

#LittlePilgrimage 34. Church Of The Holy Spirit, 248 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574371

Copy of hspiritCopy of DSC_2192Copy of DSC_2187so today i decided to go for a bahasa Mass in this church at 3:30PM. this supposed to be the last church i’ve been visited all around singapore. i was expecting a normal adventure just like my previous #LittlePilgrimage i have done. but apparently, this time was a little bit different.

when one of the warden came and talked to me, and asked my help for the psalm singer, i couldn’t reject it. obviously this is how God finally answered my longing after more than 3 years i didn’t sing in the church.

so it’s a date! next month i’ll be helping this church.

how to go to this church from my office – change to bus #74 and stop at macritchie reservoir – change to bus #52, 3 stops later stop just in front of the church. going back is easier, take bus #52 to bukit timah plaza.

here’s the official web of the church : http://www.holyspirit.sg/

see you next month! 😀 😀

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Church of The Risen Christ

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Church of The Risen Christ, 91 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319193

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i think it’s been too long since i started this #LittlePilgrimage on August 2013. and i think it’s better to finish it as soon as i can.

this church located quite far from my place. but it’s only 1 direct bus from my office #157. the bus stops just in front of the church. this is the official web of this church : http://www.risenchrist.org.sg/

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Saint John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong

Me and my friend went holiday to HongKong and Macao. Wednesday (29 April 2015) First day we arrived in HK,, we supposed to visit St. Peter’s church nearby East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station exit-K. We arrived at what we thought it must be a church, we followed the map but somehow we cound’t find the church. I was disappointed, but since we planned to go church hopping in Macao, so I felt a bit releaved.

On Saturday (2 May), we supposed to go Victoria Peak. But when we arrived at the tram terminal, the queue was so crazy and it was already 6 PM. So we decided to walk around the terminal, and we saw a gothic building that looked like a church. And it was St. John’s Cathedral!

#LittlePilgrimage 31. Saint John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

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Too bad we arrived there a bit too late and my phone couldn’t take a good picture in the dark. So here are the pictures taken from google :”P Funny how for the second time, God didn’t allow me to skip Mass! And funny how sometimes plan-B turned out to be more joyous and exciting than the original plan! :”D

Here’s the official web of the church : http://www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk/

#LittlePilgrimage 32. Saint Dominic’s Church & Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Largo de São Domingos, Macao

Me and my friend went holiday to HongKong and Macao. On Friday (1st May 2015) we arrived in Macao by Ferry. Lucky I travelled with a catholic friend, meaning we can do church hopping together, instead of casino hopping XP.

According to our itinerary, from ferry terminal we went by free shuttle bus to Grand Lisboa hotel. From there we walked to Senado Square and took some selfies. From Senado Square we stopped by at Saint Dominic’s Church.

#LittlePilgrimage 32. Saint Dominic’s Church & Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Largo de São Domingos, Macao

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I’m not sure if they still hold a Mass here, as too many tourists (Christians and non-Christians) come in to the church without any respect at all. Me and my friend were sad to see how many people are so loud inside the church and taking too many selfies in front of the Altar. But what can we do about it?

After short prayers, we decided to move, continue to the main tourist attraction in Macao, our #1 goal must-see place in Macao, which is Ruin’s of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

The Ruins of St. Paul’s (Chinese: 大三巴牌坊; pinyin: Dàsānbā Páifāng) refers to the ruins of a 16th-century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

First constructed in 1580, St. Paul’s Church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history. According to historical materials, St Paul’s Church, built with white stones, had a grand vaulted roof. It had three magnificently decorated halls. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best known landmarks.

The ruins is just walking distance from St. Dominic. Just follow the crowds and the street signs, it’s easy to find. Too bad the weather that day was way too hot, so we decided not to go to the top of the stairs and see what’s behind the façade.

But here’s the wiki about the ruins : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruins_of_St._Paul%27s

And wiki for Saint dominic’s : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Dominic%27s_Church,_Macau

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil (Church of St. John The Evangelist)

#LittlePilgrimage 30. Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil, Jl.Melawai Raya 197, Jakarta 12130

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but God has his own way to make me not skip the Mass. just today, 2 days later after my quick visit at Gereja St. Yohanes Penginjil, God dragged me to St. Joseph Upper Bukit Timah Church to attend weekday Mass there. funny. just so sudden this girl showed up in the same elevator with me at the office, and she told me she’s going to church and ask me to go with her (without asking me whether i want anot). anyhow,, i never reject the invitation to go church. so i think this is the way God makes me laugh.

anyway. i found this beautiful paintings of Mother Mary dressed in local javanese kebaya (costume) by a famous artist, F Widayanto, which is very very beautiful and represents the local beauty very well. too bad this painting has reflection glass and this is the best shot i could get–sorry about that.

#LittlePilgrimage 28. Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea

#LittlePilgrimage 27. Churh of Christ The King,10 Yishun Street 22, Singapore 768579

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Our Lady, Star of the Sea is an ancient title for the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The words Star of the Sea are a translation of the Latin title Stella Maris.

The title was used to emphasize Mary’s role as a sign of hope and as a guiding star for Christians, especially gentiles, whom the Old Testament Israelites metaphorically referred to as the sea, meaning anyone beyond the “coasts”, or, that is to say, sociopolitical, and religious (Mosaic law), borders of Israelite territory. Under this title, the Virgin Mary is believed to intercede as a guide and protector of those who travel or seek their livelihoods on the sea.

In the twelfth century, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.”

OK. about my visit to this church.

after some of ‘flying Jesus’ i saw on some churches where Jesus wasn’t nailed on the cross above the altar, today i saw no Jesus and no wooden cross above the altar in this church. i saw mozaic cross on the stained glass behind the altar though, but somehow it still not quite right for me.

if this was your first time visit this church, please be notice that this church located hidden in the middle of HDBs area, walking distance from the bus stop, but you must trust streetdirectory in this case. sorry to say, but i noticed this building somehow looks like a barn. after i entered the building, on the right hand side, there is a gang of Mother Mary statues. i don’t understand why do they put same statues in a one dark corner. but i do appreciate the effort people put the flowers for Her.

and this is the official web of this church : http://olss.sg/