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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Churches in The Province of Laguna

Saint Mary Magdalene Parish in Magdalena, Laguna


The Seven Churches Visitation is a Roman Catholic Holy Week tradition to visit at least seven churches during Maundy Thursday follwing the Mass of our Lord's Supper where the Blessed Sacrament is placed on an altar (Altar of Repose) in the church. The faithful who visit pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each churches.

Here in the Philippines this tradition is called Visita Iglesia. The practice is to visit seven Churches and recite the Way of the Cross, each church represents two stations if you opt for 14 churches, each represents one stations. It would be better if you could pray all 14 stations in each church. You can also carry a cross while walking, this is possible if the churches are in close proximity.

Note that if you do the Visita Iglesia on Good Friday, reciting the Stations of the Cross should end by 12 noon since at this time Jesus was already nailed on the Cross. The Seven Last Words is happening at this time in all churches.

Visita Iglesia is a time for the faithful to go on a pilgrimage (a long journey) and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is also a time to learn traditions, the history of a church and the patron saint in each town of a province or city you are visiting.

Here are the 26 Old Churches found in the province of Laguna. We only visited eight churches due to time constraints.

I formed two sets of fifteen churches depending on your point of origin.

Set A: Coming from Rizal Province
The first church is approximately 56 kilometers (km) away from Taytay, Rizal.

1. Nuestra Senora de Caldelaria in Mabitac
2. Saint Peter and Paul Parish in Siniloan
3. Our Lady of Nativity Parish in Pangil
4. Saint Peter of Alcantara in Pakil
5. Saint James the Apostle Parish in Paete
6. Saint John the Baptist in Longos, Kalayaan
7. Saint Sebastian Church (a.k.a Lumban Church) in Lumban
8. Transfiguration of our Lord Parish (a.k.a. Cavinti Church) in Cavinti
9. Our Lady of Rosary in Luisiana
10. Saint Gregory the Great in Majayjay
11. Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena
12. Saint John the Baptist Church in Liliw
13. Saint Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Nagcarlan
14. Diocesan Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua in Pila
15. Immaculate Conception Church in Sta. Cruz

Set B: Coming from Quezon City or Manila
The first church is approximately 39 kilometers (km) away from Libis

1. San Pedro Apostol Parish in San Pedro
2. Our Lady of the Angels in Sta. Maria
3. Sta. Rosa de Lima Church in Sta. Rosa,
4. Saint Polycarp Parish in Cabuyao,
5. Immaculate Conception Parish in Los Banos
6. Saint Agustine Church in Bay
7. Diocesan Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua in Pila
8. Immaculate Conception Church in Sta. Cruz
9. Saint Sebastian Church (a.k.a Lumban Church) in Lumban
10. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Pagsanjan
11. Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena
12. Saint John the Baptist Church in Liliw
13. Saint Gregory the Great in Majayjay
14. San Pablo Cathedral in San Pablo
15. Our Lady of Pillars in Alaminos


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