Most Catholics deem the Visita Iglesia as one of the most important Holy Week activities. This is the tradition of visiting seven churches during Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, to pray to the Blessed Sacrament. It is believed that the tradition originated in Rome, when early Christians commemorated the passion of Christ by visiting seven important sites.
PawnHero lists some churches you can visit for Visita Iglesia.
1. Sto Nino Parish (Modesta, San Mateo, Rizal) – Named after the infant Jesus, Sto. Niño Parish sits atop a hill, giving churchgoers a good view of the Manila, Quezon City, and Makati skyline.
2. Maria della Strada (Katipunan Ave., Pansol, Quezon City) – The name of Santa Maria della Strada Church hails from the miraculous Our Lady of the Way, the patroness of the Society of Jesus.
3. Immaculate Conception Parish (Concepcion Uno, Marikina) – The Immaculate Conception Parish is the second largest and most populated church in Marikina.
4. Saint Pio Chapel (Libis, Quezon City) – The chapel was built to commemorate the life of St. Padre Pio, in whose body the stigmata, or five wounds of the Lord’s passion, appeared.
5. National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus Manila (San Miguel, Manila)- Named after St. Jude, the patron of hopeless cases, the National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus was competed in 1960.
6. St. Claire Monastery (Katipunan, Quezon City) – The Real Monasterio de Santa Clara was founded in 1621. Fast forward to present, devotees frequent the monastery to offer eggs in petition of fair weather or a clear mind or conscience.
7. Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene - Quiapo Church (Quezon Boulevard, Manila) – The church is home to the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ. It is a common belief that this statue has miraculous attributes.
8. San Agustin Church (General Luna Street, Manila) – The building of the San Agustin church started in 1571, making it the oldest church in Manila. In a side chapel next to the main altar lies the remains of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the founder of Manila.
9. Sacred Heart Of Jesus Parish Church (Hillsborough Village, Muntinlupa) – Originally built by the Fil-Estate Development Corporation as part of the Hillsborough Alabang Village, the Chaplaincy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was eventually established to answer to the pastoral needs of the people of God.
10. National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Antipolo City) – The shrine is home to the statue of Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje, the Patroness of the Galleons. It was brought from Mexico to Manila in 1626.
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