Monday, March 30, 2015

Manila Churches for Visita Iglesia

Visita Iglesia in Manila

As I have said in an earlier post, we have been doing Visita Iglesia since 2012. And for last year, we visited these 7 churches in Manila:
1. Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Santol Quezon City- we live just a street away from here so we started our Visita Iglesia in our very own church.  This is located near Brixton Hills in Araneta Ave, near the Soen Factory.
2. Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Sta. Mesa, Manila-located just beside Jollibee in Stop and Shop, near Teresa in PUP Main.
3. National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus-located inside the Malacanang grounds. This is in San Miguel, Manila, near CEU. Our very first time to visit this church and there were devotees doing self-flagellation when we went there. St. Jude is also know as the patron saint of hopeless cases and many students studying for board exams come here to pray.
4. Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey-the church is inside the San Beda college, also in Mendiola. This was a very, very beautiful church. It was also my first time to visit this church and I was in awe of how beautiful and serene it looked.
5. St. Anthony Shrine-just a little way off Mendiola is Bustillos where you can find the "Twin Churches of Sampaloc or "Twin Churches of Bustillos", one of which is this shrine. These two churches are just beside each other.
6. Our Lady of Loreto-is the other church.  You can exit from the side of the other church to proceed to this one.
7. Manila Cathedral-our last stop, because we just had to see it after its re-opening due to reconstruction. My husband and I used to work in an office just a stone's throw away from Manila Cathedral so we are quite familiar with this church, but we were awed at its beauty after its renovation.  It is now air conditioned!

There are many, many more churches in Manila that you can visit for Visita Iglesia, such as the Quiapo Church, San Agustin Church and Binondo Church to name a few, but always remember the reason for your visits is not to take pictures, but to say your prayers and relive the Passion of Christ.

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