Do you know five magnificent shrines to St Michael around the world (2) ?
Today I would share the remaining part three places about Saint Michael the Archangel Statue.
C. San Miguel Church, Manila, Philippines
The original site of this church is now a pilgrimage destination for a completely different reason. It is now home to the famous San Miguel Brewery. Since 1913, the church has been in a new location nearby, and when the cathedral was damaged during the Second World War, it once served as the pro-Cathedral of Manila.
The initial foundation could date back to 1603 when the Jesuits established a community. Today the church is recognized by two symmetrical baroque clock towers in the area and became the national holy place of Saint Michael the Archangel in 1986.
D. St Michaels Chapel, Tarpon Springs, Florida
In all shrines and churches, this must be the most modest. It is located in the back garden of a fairly ordinary house in an ordinary residential street. At some certain times of the year, pilgrim buses visit this place.
The history of this place could be traced back to nearly eighty years when a local boy promised Saint Michael the Archangel that he was dying from a brain tumour. He asked his parents to bring him the icon of St. Michael. When he accepted the image, he claimed to see the illusion of the archangel. Despite being told that his tumor was inoperable, the boy recovered and his parents built the chapel on Thanksgiving. He has lived until 2007.
The Shrine now claims that many miracles are associated with the restoration of boys and attracts Orthodox and Catholic pilgrims.
E. Chapel of the Sacred Heart and St Michael, Westminster Cathedral, UK
Before the reformation, there are many Catholic churches dedicated to St. Michael in the United Kingdom, especially those on the top of the mountain. Many people still bear this kind of dedication, such as Mount St Michael in Cornwall, are still famous tourist attractions. It seems that no one has regained their previous focus as a place for great angel pilgrimages. However, a small, little-known chapel could easily become a destination for pilgrims.
So if you are interested in Saint Michael the Archangel and his stories, it is a good choice for you to visit these places.