The new chapel of the Eucharistic Lord at the SM Megamall, which is considered the largest chapel in a shopping mall in the Philippines, was inaugurated recently with a dedication mass officiated by His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. After more than 10 years, the chapel has moved to a bigger, more spacious place in the mall.
Designed by Architect Gervasio “Joey” Amistoso, the 1,700-sqm chapel is located at the mall’s fifth level in the Mega Atrium area, which is part of the mall’s ongoing expansion. It is the first area in the Mega Atrium to open, leading the way to the opening of its new upscale area later within the year.
The grand chapel has a modern architectural concept with the Eucharist as the focal point in the retablo or altar with the crucified Christ in the middle. The retablo is neo-classical in design, which contrasts with the modern theme of the rest of the chapel.
The color scheme of the area is earth-inspired using neutrals like beige and brown. Finishes are similar to stones used during the Roman Times, which gives the chapel a structurally sound impression, but in a soft and warm approach. Wood in its natural finish is the most common material used in the chapel. The Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord also has a separate adoration chapel and children’s room.
During the event, Cardinal Rosales awarded Mrs. Felicidad Sy with a pectoral cross for her efforts to help provide for the spiritual needs of SM’s shoppers and employees. Pectoral means chest and it symbolizes the ultimate relationship between Christ and the Cardinal, who usually wears it on his chest.
Cardinal Rosales, who said that the main purpose of building the chapel is to bring people closer to God, gave the cross to Mrs. Sy as a symbol of his close relationship with the Sy family.
SM was the first shopping mall to hold regular masses beginning with the opening of SM City-North Edsa in 1985. since that time, many families have started their Sunday gatherings by attending mass in the SM malls. The first chapel of the Eucharistic Lord was inaugurated in 1997, leading the way to the bigger chapel.
Members of the Sy family led by Mrs. Sy attended the rites together with SM officials.