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PILGRIMAGE TO DECHTICE SLOVAKIA 🇸🇰

This is again a very late update and entry!☹️
As a mother to two kids, wife and plus my job always late update here on my WEBLOG!
Last Sunday May 18 our church community the HOLY FAMILY COMMUNITY (HFC) went to to DICHTICE, SLOVAKIA.

The last time I’ve been there was year 2011 with the Missionaries of Mary Mother of the Poor (MMMP) in Austria.

APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY – “QUEEN OF HELP” IN SLOVAKIA.
SOURCE:
http://www.magnificat.sk/2011/03/our-lady-of-help-live-with-jesus/
http://de.gloria.tv/?media=163879
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnificat-Slovakia/153269108036983?fref=nf

The simplicity of this cross standing and the perfect beauty of the lookout into the valley as if closed up the modesty and beauty of “QUEEN OF HELP” who chose just this hill Svatodušnica for the second place of apparitions.One day it was the 04. December 1994 after the holy mass children Martin, Adriana and Michaela were deciding if they will go to a neighbor village called Dobra Voda (Good water – phonetic: DOHBRAH VOHDAH). They used to go there on a pilgrimage to worship a holy cross standing above the village on a hill.At once they have seen the sun to start to roll and close up to them. When they woke up from their astonishment this phenomenon has stopped They looked at the village. They saw everything black so as they got scared. They decided that they will go to Dobra Voda and went to say it to their parents.In the village of Dobra Voda on the way to the cross they have seen the sun phenomenon again. During the prayer of rosary Martin has felt a stiffness and a peculiar peace went through him. At a place where he just looked at was a fog and he saw a drab figure. Then he heard words: „My child my children I am happy that you have come and that you pray here.“Straight afterwards it was said to him: „Martin do not be afraid to accept my words. I want to use you for God’s and my plans.“Martin remembers it this way: “At that time I did not know who it was. I left it in my heart. Only after the holy rosary I realized that it was Virgin Mary.” When he went through it all again in his head he got scared. He did not know what to do. He entrusted it to Adriana and Michaela.In the village at that time a statue of Our Lady of Fatima went from one house to another house from Thursday to following Thursday and by this statue the family where it was used to pray by it. They started to call the statue 2a pilgrim”. A exactly in this period of time when Martin for the first time saw Virgin Mary “the pilgrim” statue was in their house and so all members of the family used to pray at this statue. During the prayer Our Lady used to come and Martin saw her even more distinctive. „The meeting with Our Lady was marvelous that feeling was wonderful „ – he talks about it and follows: “But even then there was a doubt in me if it is Our Lady for sure.” He said it to his grand mother who advised him to spray the apparition with holy water. If it will be a bad spirit he will vanish for sure – he will not be able to bear the holy water. According to that he will know if it is Our Lady or not. For the following meeting Martin prepared a little cup with holy water. When Our Lady appeared he put his fingers in the holy water and sprayed it. Our Lady smiled nicely. Martin thought: “Should I spray her again? Will it be enough? May be those drops of water did not fall on her and it is only Satan who is mocking me.” After that he took a little bit more water and sprayed her once again. Wet stains stayed on her clothes. She smiled nicely again. “To be sure totally I took even more of the holy water and I got a lot of it” says Martin “and I doused her in such a way that her clothes stayed wet.” Our Lady smiled again at me and a big shining light poured out of her and I got to feel a joy and peace. We prayed afterwards together and talked to each other. I was very happy that it was Our Lady that it was not a Satan – Martin adds.Apparitions continued each Thursday in the church. But they were not regular so Martin did not know when Our Lady will come. On Thursday he got messages which Our Lady asked to spread into the whole world and wished that the people in the parish should start to live according to them because She wants to lead this parish in a special way. Again for a few times Our Lady appeared at the neighboring village of Dobra Voda. After that apparitions ceased there and continued in Dechtice.Our Lady asked for a pilgrimage to the cross on the hill above the village on the 15. August 1995. On this day she introduced herself as beatified Virgin Mary – “QUEEN OF HELP”. She wished that the 15. August would be celebrated as an annual day of her apparition.

Going inside Dechtice, we got lost, was unexpected and I didd know that I have to guide the whole group it seems that for everybody it was their first time to be there. So with the bus driver. I was really surprised when sister Eva requested me infront near the bus driver to guide him on our way. Because if I ever know it I would prepare myself the day before for everything. When we got inside Dechtice, I got totally blocked and not remembering the way this is really strange, where infact we passed twice where the fountain near the chapel. Instead we drove inside Dobra Voda this is the other side of the hill.
Finally, as I turned my sweater while talking with mama mary(saying: “PLEASE GIVE ME A SIGN”) with tears in the eyes and the rest of the group was reciting the prayers of the holy rosary just a seccond I saw from far away the chapel tower. On the spot I remembered right there you will past by the fountain before you reach the chapel and from there I know how to get up on the hill whwre tha shrine and apparitions site was. Also with the help of my daughter using the navigation through my iPhone which was before hand lost its internet connection at all as we drove in at Dobra Voda. I just qoute: “Everything happened for a reason!”
We celebrated the holy mass right there with Father Michael.
Dechtice is considered the “Medjugorje” of Slovakia.

On our way home we spend two hours inside Eurovea Galeria Shopping Center at Bratislava. Picture above was my daughter’s late lunch, merienda and early dinner!
She also made a little bit shopping of some nibbling for home.

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PILGRIMAGE TO PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Last Saturday, May 4 the group of Caviteños (CIRCULO Caviteño) here in Vienna went on Pilgrimage to Prague. We left Vienna around 6:40 am and arrived in Prague around 12 noon. The pilgrimage was all about the Infant Jesus of Prague (Sto. Niño de Prague).

LUNCH/ ZEBRA ASIAN NOODLE BAR

Since we arrived noontime my daughter and I we had our lunch at Zebra Asian Noodle Bar located at old town square Prague. The decor is very well done, unfussy but still with many details. The menu is a culinary journey through Asia … Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese! The portions are adequate and very tasty. The staff was very friendly. (For more details check here out : http://www.zebranoodlebar.cz/) I got my garnished salmon with rice and with teriyaki sauce. While my daughter ordered spareribs with honey sauce. But beforehand we had won ton soup. And after attending the holy mass we had our coffee break at Starbucks/ Česká republika. As you could see picture above. Then we took a walk around the old town square. This was not our first visit to Prague. The last time we are here with my whole family was five years ago.

INFANT JESUS de PRAGUE

At three o’clock in the afternoon we celebrated the mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious. Located at Karmelitská Street. Wherein the statue of Infant Jesus of Prague at home during this time. Many of our Filipino Kababayans came from all over europe used to pilgrim at this place during first Sunday of May.

CHARLES BRIDGE @ PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Picture above was taken at Charles Bridge!
The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bridge)

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Old Prague ham fresh from the grill at the Old Town Square and potatoes chips on sticks with chili and salt. Street stall selling potato crisps on sticks at Old Town Square.Todays International fast food chain has also found its way into Prague with McDonalds, starbucks or other fast food restaurants. Whether Chinese, Asian, Italian, here you will find all regions of the world as a culinary options again.
But the hearty Czech cuisine with dumplings, roast and the sauce is still a big hit if you like this type of cuisine. For dessert, then the famous pancakes in different variations, beers from the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

And not to forget the astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PragueTownHallClock.jpg)

After a whole day trip, came back to Vienna exactly eleven o’clock before midnight but had so much fun!