Chapel of the Holy Christ of Humility, El Toboso, Toledo, Spain

In the city of El Toboso, Toledo, Spain, there were fourteen small churches or chapels around which the popular class neighborhoods emerged articulated with irregular squares, which are real scenarios of celebrations. Some were inside the fence or wall that protected urban space. Currently, there are only three of these chapels still standing and one of them is the chapel of the Holy Christ of Humility that was a former hospital for the poor in the past. The chapel has simple lines with the use of stone and brick on the outside. It has a large wooden door with wrought iron.

Tips

If you are able to visit the city during the Easter period you can participate in the celebrations of Holy Week, on Easter Monday, they take the Holy Christ of Humility out of the chapel and make a procession from the chapel Holy Christ of Humility to the parish church. In this procession people accompaign carrying flags. This day ends with a mass in the parish.

You can also assist to the mass evry Friday evening all year long.

St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada, located on the northwest flank of Mount Royal in Montreal. The secondary element of the site is the Catholic basilica whose dimensions, its cross and the dome (60 m high and 39 m in diameter) are remarkable. The place has gardens where you can take a holy path with several sculptures that represent the Passion of Christ. Brother André took the initiative for its construction which started through donations and in 1904 a small modest chapel dedicated to St. Joseph, was inaugurated but it could not contain all the faithful while its doors were open and the faithful were praying outside so they decided to expand the place and the same was extended twice for the present appearance that can accommodate 1,000 people. The walls are covered with silver granite and the dome is covered with copper. There are several sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows, a chime and a large important organ. There are 283 steps to climb to the oratory and nearly a hundred are in wood for pilgrims who want to get it on his knees. Outside the church there is the Chapel of Brother André that is also his grave. He was beatified in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. Father André was known to receive sick people and heal them through his prayers to St. Joseph so there is a chapel where you’ll see the canes, prostheses, corsets, etc., which left the sick who felt healed.

Tips

At Christmas time, you can visit a part of a collection of more than 900 nativity scenes in the Oratory Museum.
The heart of Brother André is exposed behind a wrought iron gate in the exhibit room dedicated to his life and his work.

Church of St. Jerome the Royal, Madrid, Spain

The Church of St. Jerome the Royal, is a parish church, belonging to the parish of St. Jerome, with a baroque cloister. It was one of the most important monasteries of Madrid. Originally there was a convent but now there is only the church and a cloister. It was closely linked to the royal family and the church and convent have witnessed many events, being the marriage of King Juan Carlos I, the last royal event that has been celebrated there. At the time of Felipe IV the monastery had its best splendor. They began the complete restoration of the church in the early twenty-first century. Inside, there is a large picture , ‘Last Communion of St. Jerome’, which is the work of Rafael Tejeo; we can find paintings that were given by the Prado Museum, the Gothic altarpiece of Jose Mendez among other important works. During the restoration, the wall paintings of the sixteenth century and badly damaged sculptures have appeared in one of the chapels.

Tips

The restoration of the exterior of the church is over but there is still work inside.
To visit the church, you can visit their website to seethe opening hours and the hours of service.