#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/

#LittlePilgrimage 27. Churh of Christ The King

bad news. i lost all the pictures of church of St.Asisi and church of Holy Cross. which means, #littlepilgrimage on west district still incomplete. but anyhow, i’ll move on to north district now and i plan to finish this quick now. and will get back to the missing churches later on.

#LittlePilgrimage #LittlePilgrimage 27. Churh of Christ The King, 2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Singapore 569809

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i arrived 1 hour before the Mass started,, so i decided to take silent moment inside the chapel which is a small and peaceful room, very quiet and a perfect place to waste the time on praying.

this is the official web of this church : http://www.christtheking.com.sg/


#LittlePilgrimage 26. Church of St Mary of the Angels

#LittlePilgrimage 26. Church of St Mary of the Angels, 5 Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, Singapore 659918

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anyway, i chose to go to this church last Sunday, because i wanted to see the famous flying Jesus. when i finally arrived at the church it was exactly 11AM and the Mass has just started few seconds ago. the room was more like two-storey auditorium. there are some bridges connecting some rooms at level 2–not sure what was the room for. this flying Jesus is very famous in Singapore. as you can see on the picture, the cross was on the ceiling–where all the lightings are.

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

#LittlePilgrimage 25. Cathedral of St. Mary of Tamatsukuri

11 nov 2014,, I fainted on the plane during my midnight flight from KL to Osaka. I made all the stewards and stewardesses panicked. I thought I was okay,, until the pilot called for ‘any doctor available on the plane’ on the speaker. I still didn’t think that doctor was for me until he came. I was lying on the floor with few stewardess surround me; one of them was helping me with the oxygen, another stewardess making sure 2 thick blankets were enough for my shivering, and another stewardess was helping me translate my English to Japanese—the doctor was a jap.

Dear God,, all I asked was my 3 hour blackout so that I had enough energy tomorrow to explore Osaka by myself. I still thought I was okay—I just need to lying down because the economy class was so cramped the lady sitting next to me was snoring and was overweight so I was cornered at the window and couldn’t had my sleep—until the doctor said I was food poisoning. Uh-oh! Someone could die because of this unfortunate thing! Moreover, the doctor said he couldn’t find my pulse! Am I dying now?? I thought I was just a little weak because too much sitting and the snoring lady next to me!

It was so tragic. If something really bad happened to me, I would feel so guilty to my parents—they didn’t know I was travelling alone. My mum thought I was with my friends, but in fact, they took another flight the following day. So I fainted on the plane, all alone, and my holiday hasn’t even started!

Around half an hour after I took the medicine the doctor gave me, I feel much better. Then the stewardess helped me move to business class. And guess what! I had my 3 hours blackout there! God really did grant my wish in a funny way! I knew I was okay—my guardian angel always beside me all the time and I knew I never travelled alone!

And 12 Nov 2014,, I touched down the land of the rising sun for the first time! I had another 30 minutes slept on the train from the airport to my hotel. And thanks God, this 30 minutes was enough for me and I didn’t missed my train station. And as I promised myself, I went to Cathedral of St. Mary in Tamatsukuri.

#LittlePilgrimage 25. Cathedral of St. Mary of Tamatsukuri, 2-24-22, Tamatsukuri, Chuo-ku, OSAKA 540-0004

68127787DSC_0023 DSC_0018My friend was right about local people in Osaka—they are so nice and helpful! After asked direction to few people, I managed to locate the Cathedral! Lucky I was well-trained finding churches in Singapore! Haha.

I almost missed the church, because apparently it was under renovation. The building was all covered up with brown net. I noticed 2 windows which didn’t covered by the brown net, and they looked like church window, so I turned my pace. I remember I asked God to wait for me at Tamatsukuri Church, and He did! A worker who was working at that renovation building led me to a back door and finally to a small room which was the church. He even turned the lights on just for me, and let me had my lone time inside the room. It was a solitude moment which was very peaceful. After few minutes praying and humming ‘Ave Maria’—another promise I made for myself, I walked out of the church.

As I wandering around the church, I noticed that this building was bigger than I thought. And because it was still under renovation, so the room I visited probably was the temporary room open for Mass. I supposed the original church was much bigger than the picture I took. I didn’t take more pictures, because most of the building was covered by brown net, and some area was blocked from entering. But I really enjoyed myself walking around the neighborhood. Even the worker—who led me to the church, said thank you for my visit. What a great day after I fainted on the plane!

#LittlePilgrimage 24. Blessed Sacrament Church

i was so excited to start and finish west district as fast as i could, but then i fell sick for the past few days. i was supposed to go for 10:45am Mass, but i was still at my bed until quite late. but then before 10 o’clock, i suddenly had this urge to go. so i jumped out of the bed, had a quick shower and rushed to the church.

streetdirectory told me it will took about 1 hour from my place to that church it was 10:05am when i finally get into the bus. and as we all know–nothing impossible in God’s plan, right? the bus took me to the church very quick, and i still had 10 min before the Mass started. awesome!

#LittlePilgrimage 24. Blessed Sacrament Church, 1 Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 149603

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when my bus finally stopped in front of the church, i remember i passed by this church several times and didn’t think it was roman catholic one. i always in this narrow thought–that roman catholic church supposed to use saint’s name?’ and who would think this building is a roman catholic church by at glance? it does look like a tent from the outside!

but once i stepped into the church, i immediately fell in love with this church! the red bricks and woods are always the best mix for interior! the design of this building definitely not the european style, instead it reminds me of some churches back in my home country. this church looks very unique and humble–very traditional, unique yet simple design, and even the gong! i love the gong!! i even like the futuristic-shuttlecock-ceiling lamp–too bad i forgot to take picture of the one and only futuristic thing i could find in this building–so far! i really love the red bricks and woods combination, and how they put all the statues in white colour to keep it simple. nicely done!

i also like the fact there’s one direct bus from my place to this church, and one direct bus from this church to orchard! haha. i didn’t feel so good but i had to take my orchard dose! haha.

this is the official web for this church : http://www.bsc.org.sg/