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Holy Week bespeaks of many inferences.

To some, it is a hyper rush to the hometowns,  in an effort to maximize the long Lenten holidays.   Employees file sick leaves and vacation leaves,  to gain earlier trips to the provinces in an effort to spend extra time with family and loved ones.


It is trooping to our long dreamed tourist destinations to make the most and take advantage of such long respite.

Or merely catching up with back logs to keep them on track.

 For a nation like the Philippines where a great majority are Christians, Holy Week is one important religious event, equally significant as Christmas.


One Holy Week devotion  which I wont doing,  well, not only for me,  but for many  Filipino Catholics as well – if I may say so-   is doing  the Visita Iglesia.


Spanish for “Church Visit“, Visita Iglesia  is basically visiting seven churches  (or more),  to pray and meditate on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 It is held afternoon or early evening of Holy Thursday after the Mass of the Last Supper.   The Blessed Sacrament is set at the Altar of Repose for veneration inside the Church .


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:

  • Sto.Rosario Church ;



  • Metropolitan Cebu Cathedral ;



  • Basilica del Sto. Nino ;



San Jose Recoletos Church ; and



  • San Roque Parish.



Visita Iglesia is a fulfilling devotion . . .

Won’t you join me next year, please?



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This entry was posted on April 4, 2015 by in Holy Week and tagged , , , .

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