Welcome to Twin Lakes Baptist Church, a vibrant community dedicated to faith and beliefs. Within our church, we hold deep reverence for The Feast of the Santo Nino, also known as the Feast of the Holy Child Jesus.
History of The Feast
Rooted in rich religious traditions, The Feast of the Santo Nino has its origins in the 16th century when Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the Philippines and introduced Christianity to the archipelago. The devotion to the Santo Nino, or the Holy Child Jesus, quickly spread among the local community and became an integral part of their spiritual practices.
Legend has it that a statue of the Santo Nino was gifted to Queen Juana of Cebu, a prominent figure during the Spanish colonial period. The miraculous nature of the statue became widely known, and the devotion to the Santo Nino gained even more prominence. This led to the annual celebration of The Feast of the Santo Nino, a grand occasion that brings communities together in deep faith and celebration.
Celebration and Significance
At Twin Lakes Baptist Church, we celebrate The Feast of the Santo Nino with great ardor and devotion. This joyous occasion brings together people from all walks of life, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity. It is a time to reflect upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and embrace the essence of childlike faith.
The Feast is marked by various activities and rituals, each holding profound meaning for our community. We begin with a special Mass, where prayers are offered, and hymns are sung in praise of the Santo Nino. The atmosphere is filled with love, hope, and gratitude as we gather to honor this beloved figure of our faith.
Processions and Dances
One of the highlights of The Feast is the grand procession, where devotees bear the Santo Nino in colorful and intricately designed carriages. This visual spectacle is accompanied by traditional dances, such as the Sinulog, which portrays the history and adoration of the Holy Child Jesus.
During the festivities, our church comes alive with vibrant colors, music, and the smell of delicious food. Families and friends join together to participate in the procession, share meals, and strengthen the bonds of community. It is truly a time of celebration, filled with joy and spiritual renewal.
Fervent Prayers and Novena
Prayer holds a central place during The Feast of the Santo Nino. Our community engages in fervent supplication, seeking blessings, guidance, and protection for ourselves, our loved ones, and the world at large. As a church, we conduct a Novena, a nine-day prayer devotion, leading up to The Feast. This period deepens our spiritual connection and prepares us for the grand celebration.
Join Our Celebration
At Twin Lakes Baptist Church, we invite you to join us in the celebration of The Feast of the Santo Nino, the Holy Child Jesus. Experience the warmth of our community, the depth of our faith, and the power of our collective devotion. Together, we seek to strengthen our bond with the Santo Nino and deepen our understanding of Jesus' teachings.
- Santo Nino Mass: January 17, 2022
- Procession and Sinulog Dance: January 18, 2022
- Closing Mass and Feast Celebration: January 19, 2022
Mark these dates on your calendar and prepare to be a part of something truly remarkable. Join us at Twin Lakes Baptist Church as we come together in faith, celebrating The Feast of the Santo Nino. May the Holy Child Jesus bless you abundantly on your journey of faith.