Date: April 21, 2011
One of Roman Catholic traditions introduced by the Spaniards done every Holy Week is “Visita Iglesia“(Spanish Word). The meaning in English is church visits.
The tradition is a commemoration of the Passion of Christ.
Traditionally, you’d have to visit 7 churches praying at the 14 Stations of The Cross. The tradition was reinvented in the Filipino tradition, instead, visiting fourteen churches in remembrance of the 14 stations of the cross.
Because of time constraints we’ve chosen to visited 7 Churches.
Here are the churches visited:
1. EDSA Shrine
2. San Beda Church
3. St. Jude National Shrine
4. San Sebastian Church
5. Quiapo Chuch
6. Sta. Cruz Church
7. Binondo Church
Stations of the Cross (Philippine Adaptation)
” In early 1990s, late Pope John Paul II removed the depictions of Christ’s last two falls, the seventh and the ninth station. An amended set was adopted by some Philippine Catholic churches. Fr. Dave Vincent Onilongo of Sta. Ursula Parish, one of the Philippines’s oldest parishes, explained that the omission has a basis since no Biblical account says that Christ falls more than once.” – from inquirer.net[Stations of the cross redux]
14 Stations of the Cross
1. Christ institutes the Last Supper.
2. He prays in Gethsemane.
3. Christ is taken before the Sanhedrin (high court).
4. He is scourged and crowned with thorns.
5. Christ carries the cross to Cavalry.
6. He falls under the weight of the cross.
7. Simon of Cyrene helps Him carry the cross.
8. Christ meets the women of Jerusalem.
9. He is crucified.
10. Christ promises Heaven to Dimas, the repentant thief.
11. He entrusts John, his cousin, and Mary, his mother, to each other.
12. Christ dies on the cross.
13. His body is laid in the tomb.
14. Christ is resurrected.
This is a time to reflect.
Let us always be grateful for the Blessings and Graces the Lord gave us.
Be the Light to touch lives and share God’s Love.