Visita Iglesia 2010

2:50 PM

I'm baaaaack!

I apologize for not writing any sooner. My bad. 
But before I tell you about my latest adventures these past two months, let's steer our attention to the matter at hand. 

It's Good Friday.
And I wish everyone would take the time to contemplate, beg for God's forgiveness, and just be quiet. 

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday and like some Filipinos, we spent the evening visiting churches. From what I've gathered, this tradition of Visita Iglesia came from the old Christian tradition of visiting the seven great basilicas in Rome. But if you know otherwise, please please please correct me!

One of the things that I always looked forward to during these visits is feasting my eyes on those tabernacle set-ups. It would usually be either grand, romantic, or outdoors-y. But for the past couple of years, the stage has been what I may dare describe as simple?

Anyhoo, this is our Visita Iglesia itinerary since... forever. Why? Because these churches are in our neck of the woods.

1. OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED PARISH, Marikina
 At our first stop, we bumped into my aunt A and cousins A and A. Our party of three grew to six. 

Were they trying to make the tabernacle appear divine? Looks to me it was straight out of a horror movie. Sorry.   

Step outside and it looks like people are going about the stations of the cross during Christmas.

2. NATIVITY OF OUR LADY PARISH, Marikina

 They took the outdoors, indoors with fake boulders and foliage. (I'm not so sure about the faux stones.) Though the projected line 'Stay with Me.' on top was poignant.

3. CHURCH OF THE GESU, Quezon City

As usual, Parking was a hassle at the Ateneo.  Here we are trying to squeeze into our slot at Bellarmine Parking Lot.
I found the set-up apt in its simplicity. It hardly distracts people from praying. Though right across the aisle, 'The Passion' was being shown. Hmmmm. 

 People going about the way of the cross. Most of them families with little kids in tow.

It's all about the cross and the man who died on it. 

4. PARISH OF STA. MARIA DELLA STRADA, Quezon City

 Knights of Columbus stand sentinel at the front of the tabernacle. 

 Here's the front, albeit, far view of the tabernacle.

 Outside, vendors line the street. Reminded me of the temple scene Jesus abhorred.


A staple at Pinoy Churches: the balloon vendor

5. CHURCH OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE, Quezon City

Now, here's an authentic al fresco set-up. They took it to the garden. 

People going about the Stations of the Cross painted by National Artist Vicente Manansala.

6. CHRIST THE KING PARISH, Quezon City

Tropical foliage abound to soften the concrete surroundings. I wanted to get a closer look at tabernacle but was too dyahe to bypass the parishoners.

7. STA. LUCIA PARISH, Pasig 

Traditional in its symmetry. I like it.

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