For me, Holy Week won't be complete without the Visita Iglesia. Ever since we were young, our Maundy Thursday ritual is to hear mass (the washing of the feet) then visit 7 churches to pray at the Adoration Chapels where the Blessed Eucharist lies in state. As well as pray at the Stations of the Cross. All churches are open for the vigil from 6 P.M to midnight.
Nowadays, I notice that people visit the churches in the morning on Maundy Thursday and not follow this Visita Iglesia ritual I have grown accustomed to all these years. I guess to each his own!
This year it was just me and D as my parents were still tired from our month long vacation in HK. We heard the 5 P.M mass at our parish church, the San Nicholas de Tolentino in Quezon City. So this would count as our first church.
|Main Altar of San Nicholas de Tolentino Church|
|The 11th Station of the Cross|
|2nd Church: Santo Domingo Church|
|Facade of Sto. Domingo Church|
|3rd Church: Santissimo Rosario Parish (UST)|
|After several decades I was able to return to my alma mater|
The University of Santo Tomas
|4th Church: St. John the Baptist Church|
|St. John the Baptist Church aka Pinaglabanan Church in San Juan|
|5th Church: Sanctuario del Santo Cristo in San Juan|
|6th Church: Parish of the Holy Sacrifice (UP Diliman Chapel)|
|UP Diliman Chapel|
|7th Church: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in QC|
Naturally, Easter follows and it is time to rejoice as Christ has risen from the dead for our salvation. The best way to celebrate Pasko ng Pagkabuhay is to hear Mass and then have lunch together with the family.
|Bonding over Korean food at Seoul Garden Seafood Hotpot|