Visita Iglesia

When I was growing up, our family did not have any Lenten tradition.  Three years ago, Nanay and I thought of starting one of our own: visita iglesia (Spanish for “church visit”) on Holy Thursday. From wikipedia:

The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven pilgrim churches as penance. They are Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul-outside-the-Walls, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Holy Cross-in-Jerusalem, and traditionally Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls. Pope John Paul II replaced St. Sebastian with the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Divine Love for the jubilee year of 2000.
In the Philippines, the faithful carry out this tradition of Visita Iglesia (Spanish: Church visits) and some expand it to include fourteen churches and say the Stations of the Cross, with one station in each church.

This year our itinerary included Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City; Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, and Binondo Churches in Manila; Parish of the Holy Spirit in Tayuman; Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan City; and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City.

Stained glass window, Sto. Domingo Church
Stained glass window, Sto. Domingo Church
Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church
Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church
Facade, Sta. Cruz Church
Facade, Sta. Cruz Church
Altar, Binondo Church
Altar, Binondo Church
Blessed Sacrament, Parish of the Holy Spirit
Blessed Sacrament, Parish of the Holy Spirit
Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Grace Parish
Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Grace Parish
Blessed Sacrament, National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Blessed Sacrament, National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
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2 thoughts on “Visita Iglesia

  1. This year, I wasn’t able to join the bf and his mommy on the annual visita iglesia because I had to work…:( We usually go to Manila churches and about 2-3 in Makati. But my most favorite church to visit is San Beda. I love, love the atmosphere. It’s so solemn and peaceful.

  2. Too bad you had work 😦

    I have not been to San Beda. Maybe next year Nanay and I can go and visit. The first four churches we went to this year were the same ones we visited on our first two years. The last three churches were chosen based on how much time we had left. We chose church along the main road if it was already late.

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