Last Friday, we went to the Celestial Garden in the Hills of Banawa for the Via Crusis. Together with thousands of other believers, we went to the Celestial Garden to pray, sacrifice, and repent.
Via Crucis or Way of the Cross is the depiction of the final hours of Jesus Christ. With prayers and penitence, Via Crusis is usually done during the Season of Lent (on Good Friday). During the Via Crusis, people pray the rosary through a series of 14 ‘stations’ or sculptures depicting the Passion of Jesus.
In Cebu, the most prominent areas for Via Crusis are the Celestial Garden in Banawa and the Durano Foundation in Danao City.
The second station at the Celestial Garden.
Jesus Prays in the Garden
Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death
Station 2: Jesus is given his cross
Station 3: Jesus falls the first time
Station 4: Jesus meets His Mother
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Station 7: Jesus falls the second time
Station 8: Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
Station 9: Jesus falls the third time
Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His garments
Station 11: Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
Station 12: Jesus dies on the cross
Station 13: Jesus’ body is removed from the cross
Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.
The arch. Roughly 1.5 kilometers from the main road.
To the third station.
People walking towards station 6.
This area is really cool. Nice.
Small houses on a nearby hill.
A new subdivision below the hills.
The hills of Labangon.
The Monterrazas project.
To Station 11.
Pulis Assistance Center. Hehehe.
Crowd near the last station.
Afraid of the sun?
Call of nature.
It was so hot!
On our way out.