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Holy Week Goals: Visita Iglesia

Getting a reprieve for at least a week is a great blessing, to say the least. This is why the onset of the Holy Week is highly anticipated, most especially for those who have endlessly toiled day in and day out to make sure that there is enough food at the table. It has been a time-tested tradition to make use of the week-long celebration, which ends on Easter Sunday, to relax those weary bones, spend quality time with family, and work on spiritual enlightenment.

Since school’s already out, many families would troop to the provinces, go to the beach or to other out-of-town vacation spots. Others might prefer staying home and just catch on some much needed sleep; while some will go out of their way and go through religious activities in prayer and vigil.

Visita Iglesia (literally, Church Visit) is an age-old tradition which can probably be traced to Rome; starting from St. Peter’s Basilica and neighbouring, and ending with a visit to the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. The number of churches to be visited should be at least seven (7), and perform the Station of the Cross in each visit. This is usually done on a Maundy Thursday evening.

Let me share with you the churches that we visited in this year's Visita Iglesia 2018:

Nuestra Sra. Del Perpetuo Socorro Parish at Calamba Cor Instruccion-Sisa St. Sampaloc, Manila
Santo Domingo Church at 537 Quezon Ave, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila
The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene - Quiapo Church - 363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila
Basílica Menor de San Sebastián -San Sebastian Church- Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila
Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz - Binondo Church - located at Plaza L.Ruiz,Binondo
Manila Cathedral located at Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila
Sta. Cruz Parish Church located at Carriedo St, Binondo, Manila 

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