Kamay ni Hesus is a popular pilgrimage site known for its miraculous healing masses leady by Fr. Joey Faller. The steep hill that leads to a gigantic Risen Christ statue is an iconic landmark in the shrine. Last June, I had the chance to go back and revisit after four years.
Last April 2014, our whole family went out to visit Kamay Ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon for the first time. We climbed the 300-step hill and relived the Stations of the Cross. After exploring the 5-hectare shrine and appreciating the life-size statues of the characters and the happenings from the Bible, we went to Batis Aramin, a resort located across the pilgrimage site.
View from the top of the hill
In June, as we were planning our trip to Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon, we decided to drop by Kamay Ni Hesus on our way. We left home at around 4:00 in the morning. I slept throughout the whole trip. By the time I woke up at around 6:30 AM, we were already in Lucban. The gates of Kamay Ni Hesus opens at exactly 7:00 AM so we were able to go inside right away. We got out of the car to say our prayers at the church, have a quick breakfast, and explore for a bit before we headed to Mauban which was another one hour drive from Lucban.
Kamay Ni Hesus is a pilgrimate site open to everyone who wants to reconnect with God and/or pray for healing. We decided not to do the station of the cross since we are trying to catch the first boat trip to the island at 10:00AM. Besides, we already climbed to the top last time (which was an exhilarating experience). After the challenging climb, you will be rewarded and welcomed by the huge statue of the Risen Christ. It was truly a sight to behold.
The 50 ft. stall statue of Christ is currently the world’s tallest Risen Christ statue.
The healing church was built in 2002 and numerous devotees attend the Healing Mass that are held every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Thousands of Catholics flock Kamay Ni Hesus during Holy Week in order to repent and pray.
I also loved going around the Garden of Eden which serves an outdoor museum where you can find biblical characters like Moses, Noah, Adam, and Eve, and many others.
My favorite was the replica of Noah’s Ark.
After an hour or two, we went ahead to resume our journey. Before we left, we asked for guidance and protection. And the vacation turned out to be one of the best and most memorable trips we ever went on. Indeed, revisiting Kamay ni Hesus was the perfect way to start our two-day trip.