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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish Church, Pasig City

The Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish Church is located along C. Raymundo Avenue (corner Mercedes Avenue) in Caniogan, Pasig City. It was established in 1994 and is under the jurisdiction of the Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception (Pasig Town Proper). The feast day is August 17 and is under the patronage of St. Claire of Montefalco. The current parish priest is Father Rei Llorca.

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I first visited Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish Church in December 2012 and the windows of the church are still not finished. I wonder if it’s already completed today.

St. Claire of Montefalco (Italy) is one of the numerous Roman Catholic saints who are considered incorruptible – bodies that reportedly undergo little or no decomposition, or delayed decomposition. It is also said that a crucifix and a scourge was found inside St. Claire’s heart when her body undergo autopsy in 1308. It’s probably the reason why she is considered the Patroness of those with heart illnesses.

The first time I’ve visited it was December 2012. It was a huge church that is still not complete at that time. The windows that are supposed to be stained glass are still not installed or finished during my visit. Other than that, the church is beautiful. I guess it’s a favourite venue for church weddings. On the basement of the church, there is an ossuary called Santuario del Amor Divino (Sanctuary of Divine Love).

According to Wikipedia, an ossuary is is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. They are frequently used where burial space is scarce. A body is first buried in a temporary grave, then after some years the skeletal remains are removed and placed in an ossuary.”

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I can’t wait to take another picture of this church once the rose window and the side windows are completed.

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Like most Catholic Churches, a grotto is located in the church’s vicinity.

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At first, I thought that this is a columbarium (for ashes) – but reading the church’s website, I learned that this is ossuary (storage for skeletal remains).

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The Main Altar of the Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish Church.

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I can’t wait to see the stained glass windows to be completed.

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The gate to the Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish Church. Sta. Clara (St. Claire) is considered as the Patroness of Heart Patients.

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