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To recall, Visita Iglesia is based on the Biblical account of the first sorrowful mystery, the Agony in the Garden. After the Last Supper, when Christ instituted the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Order, Jesus went up to Gethsemane to pray, feeling much sorrow.
Apostles Peter, James and John were supposed to keep watch but instead took their slumber. If I may also recall too, the betrayal of Judas Iscariot marked the beginning of the Lord’s passion.
Hence, it is during Visita Iglesia, that we join our Lord, keep vigil and contemplate on His sufferings.
Visita Iglesia has no prescribed prayer since, basically it is not part of the liturgy, but on individual piousness & devotion.
Other folks, beseech their personal intentions, meditate on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and pray the Stations of the Cross or Via Crucis.
It is noted that the number of churches visited is of no moment, as what is essential, is that the laity pray sincerely from the heart.
As observed, it is bonding time for family members and loved ones, and instill the spirit of prayer and penance.
This year, may I share these photos taken at the Altar of Repose, at some of the beautiful Churches in Cebu City, using only my Samsung N7000, so as not to disturb the devotees, viz:
San Jose Recoletos Church ; and
Visita Iglesia is a fulfilling devotion . . .
Won’t you join me next year, please?