Shrine of Our Lady Of Caysasay

The Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay is built out of coral stones and is located in Barangay Labac.  The legend goes:  The Virgin’s image was caught in the fishnet of a religious man named Juan Maningkad in 1603 at the Pansipit River.

The image was transferred to the church.  While it was in the church, the image has mysteriously and continually disappeared and re-appeared until one day, it disappeared completely.  Several days later, seven kilometers away from the “Old Taal”, two women, while gathering fire wood, stopped to drink water from the well.  They were surprised by the reflection of the image on the clear water.  Looking upwards, their gaze was met by the image on a tree branch with lighted candles on each side, guarded by Casaycasay birds (Kingfisher).  A provisional chapel was erected in 1611 near the spot where the image was found. Henceforth, the image was called the Virgin of Caysasay.  Our Lady has since been adored and thought of as miraculous for granting impossible petitions to those who seek her help. The Marian image was eventually enshrined in Labac along the banks of the Pansipit River.

Pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay in historic Taal, Batangas may now receive the plenary indulgence granted to those who visit the ancient church of St. Mary Major in Rome. The Vatican has issued a decree signed by St. Mary Major arch priest-emeritus Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, granting the Caysasay Shrine the same special privilege attached to the Roman Basilica.
“Pilgrims who visit and pray at the Shrine will receive plenary indulgence provided they fulfill the prescribed conditions of going to confession, participating in a Mass and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father. “Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles  lead the Mass of Declaration at the Shrine on June 3, 2012 and  formally announced to the public the special privilege.
The ceremony  included the reading of the decree and placing the original Latin text and its translation as a marker at the shrine’s entrance.
“Miracles attributed to the image attracted many devotees to make annual pilgrimages to the Shrine, especially Chinese Catholics who regard the image of Our Lady of Caysasay as their own,” the CBCP said. –CGL/KG, GMA News
The shrine comes to life when pilgrims arrive every Saturday, which is the day set for devotion to Our Lady.


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