May 17, 2009

Wood and stone

Because Ateneo de Manila is a Jesuit university, there are many small chapels and prayer spaces around its campuses. I've featured the Church of the Gesù several times, the St. Stanislaus Kostka Chapel of the high school and the Immaculate Conception Chapel of the college. This tiny chapel in the lower ground floor of the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center is my favorite because of its simplicity and its serene lighting. When the stone and bamboo fountain is on, it's perfect for prayer and meditation. For a tiny chapel (it can only accommodate about thirty people), it has quite a long name: the Prayer Room of Jesuit Saints and Blesseds.

Chapel of Jesuit Saints and Blesseds at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center of the Ateneo de Manila University

26 comments:

one planet said...

so warm coloured

Leif Hagen said...

Beautiful, simple, meditative, cozy - perfect for a Sunday posting! Warmly

Jacob said...

Very nice photo, Hilda. I can see why you would appreciate the serenity of this chapel.

Jacob said...

Hilda, I tried to post a comment at Happy at Home and it came back as undeliverable.

What's going on with our computers?

Jacob said...

Well, now I see it was posted. I don't get it...

Have a great day!

Lois said...

It's lovely Hilda! I really like the way the cross is silhouetted by the light coming from behind it.

Gerardo said...

Sometimes Manila reminds me Latin America

Vogon Poet said...

This chapel is really lovely and you found a very effective way of portraiting it. So simple, so beautiful.

Irredento Urbanita said...

Wow, it's really small.

Valery

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James said...

That is a very tiny church, and it has more letters in it's name than seats for people. :-)

Tanya said...

What a warm and inviting glow...beautiful!

the donG said...

very beautiful chapel but let me say that the photo is really good. you managed to control the light rays beautifully.

JM said...

Very nice clean atmosphere!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great picture dear Hilda!
This place seems so quiet and blessed!
Léia

Jackie said...

It does look like a really peaceful place, perfect for a little chapel. I love the warm colours.

Abe Lincoln said...

Very nice photo, Hilda. I can guess the sound of the fountain would be great to hear.

frenchie4moi said...

This IS a very peacful setting. Wish I was there meditating right now!

Have a blessed week.

-Nancy

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful little chapel.

gogouci said...

Your photo certainly conveys a warm, serene place to pray and meditate.

valeria said...

It really looks quiet and relaxing. Lovely light!

Saretta said...

It is very spare and austere, the way I think a prayer room should be!

Bergson said...

A simple church in contrast with the splendor of Christianity

George said...

Thanks for sharing such a serene place with us. I can understand why it is a favorite of yours.

Dina said...

Yes, simple and small is conducive to private prayer. The cross looks like it is suspended in light! Awesome.

Layrayski said...

One of the things that I like about Manila is the number of chapels/churches around. I had a good time taking photos of some of the churches when I was there. =)

Lisa Wilson said...

It looks so comforting. I love the glowing light.