Visita Iglesia 2013: In Singapore

Collage of the seven churches in Singapore that we visited for Visita Iglesia

Visita Iglesia (Church Visits) has been a tradition among Filipino Catholics.  Every year on Maundy Thursday during the Lenten Week, Catholics visits seven churches and perform the Stations of the Cross prayers.  Some would visit only one church and pray the Stations of the Cross.

I remember back when I was younger that we used to join processions where we do the Stations of the Cross in our village.  And in my teens, we used to do a 2 hour walk to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Basilica (better known as the Grotto Church) in San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan province.  We would walk starting midnight going there and we would pray the stations there together with hundreds of Catholics visiting the shrine too.  Some Filipino Catholics in Manila would hike up to the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (a.k.a. Antipolo Cathedral) in hills of Antipolo in Rizal province.

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