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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Visita Iglesia 2014

It was my 2nd Visita Iglesia, the 1st one was in 2008 and we visited only six (6) churches located within one (1) Kilometer radius from our house. This time, we visited 14 churches (representing the 14 Stations of the Cross) located as far as Baras, Rizal to the busy City of Makati.

The original plan was to visit churches located in the Province of Rizal but our hotel reservation in Angono, Rizal was cancelled, so I had to revise the original list because we were able to get an accommodation in Makati City. I removed from my list one (1) church each in Boso-Boso (Antipolo), Tanay and Pililia all in Rizal.

I prepared special prayers and intentions depending on the significance of the church we visited. For example, St. Clement is the patron saint of sailors, so we pray for all seafarers (for my brother) when we visited St. Clement Parish Church in Morong, Rizal. Another is the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish Church in Makati City [where my wife and I got married eight (8) years ago], we pray for our marriage and our relationship, and so on.

We exactly began our Visita Iglesia at exactly 7 in the morning. May calculation was we should finished by 4 in the afternoon. I was not able to take into consideration the traffic condition (for one, it took us more than an hour before we arrived at St. Pio Chapel in Libis, Quezon City) and other factors such as buying pasalubong, detours and “wiwi” breaks. Even if I made some adjustments a long the way, we still did not finished on time. At 9:30 in the evening, we finished the Way of the Cross.

I will write about each church we visited in the coming days (History, cultures and practices I witnessed and lesson learned from my children).

14 churches, 2 Cities and 9 Towns, 14 prayer intensions, 14 Stations of the Cross, 93 kilometer distance and 14.5 hours, I am more than blessed with the experience. I will do it again next year for sure, if where? I am not sure though.

I hope this will help you when you plan your Visita Iglesia next year.

See above photo for the locations of the churches we visited:
B.     Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Marikina City 
C.     Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Marikina City 
D.     St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Taytay, Rizal 
E.      St. Clement Parish Church, Angono, Rizal 
F.      Sta. Ursula Parish Church, Binangonan, Rizal 
G.     St. Joseph Parish Church, Baras,  Rizal 
H.     St. Jerome Parish Church, Morong, Rizal 
I.       Sto. Rosario Parish Church, Cardona, Rizal 
J.       Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, Binangonan, Rizal 
K.     Christ the King Parish (Church in the Sky), Taytay, Rizal 
L.      Our Lady of Light Parish Church, Cainta, Rizal 
N.     Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish, Makati City

Happy Easter and may the Risen Christ be with us all.

Source:  Map by, Google Map (click the photo above for larger image)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday 2014


Since 1987, I am not missing the celebration of the Easter Triduum, in-fact I am looking forward to this every year. This year is different and it's my first time to missed the celebration.
I was told not to post these pictures because it's Good Friday, but this is what I realized, I may missed this year's Easter Triduum and I may be celebrating this week differently but it is more uplifting to spend it this way, with my family and give in to the requests of my kids.
The reason why I have Good Friday and good days is because Jesus Christ died for my sins so that I could celebrate it with a loving wife and kids.

  • Check-in @ Big Building
  • Swim into Cold Water 
  • Visita Iglesia






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Holy Thursday 2014

This was my 2nd time to do a "Visita Iglesia (The 1st time was in 2006, I guess). We Visited 14 churches to represent 14 stations of the cross, as far as Baras, Rizal to the busy city of Makati, it took as 16 hours to finished.
I experienced different cultures and traditons but what struck me the most was on our 13th Church, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel in Libis, Quezon City. The Way of the Cross with a twist, All are carrying their own cross, from 1x1 (lightest) wooden cross up 4x4 wooden cross (the heaviest).
We were all amazed by the gestures of my two little princesses, they hold the end of the cross and told us, they want to help in carrying our cross... wow!!!, almost teary eyed, this made my day...
Thanks to my 2 kids, it make sense now, Our cross will be a burden if we don't allow others to help
Ah!, another learning from our children.
Have a blessed Holy Week to all.

© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Unauthorized use, edit, copy, reproduction, publication, duplication, download and distribution of any image may result in severe legal and criminal penalties under the law. The above photos were taken by Ricky Pascual and remain the properties of the photographer. Please do not use elsewhere without the owner’s permission.
 

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