7 CHURCHES TO VISIT VIRTUALLY DURING THE VISITA IGLESIA

 

 

 

This is the best time to further strengthen our faith with God.

During this Lenten season, Catholics may still do their holy week traditions inside the comfort of their homes.

Aside from the daily prayer, speaking the Oratio Imperata, attend the Holy Week masses of Pope Francis online, you can also do your Visita Iglesia while stuck inside your home due to the Extended Enhanced Community Quarantine. All you need is an internet connection and you are good to go on your virtual Visita.

Visita Iglesia is the faithful’s practice of visiting various Churches and praying the station of the cross on the evening of Maundy Thursday to atone for their sins.

“Today, when everybody is in quarantine and all liturgy in physical churches are closed to people, Visita Iglesia continues to be a portal for online retreats, catechesis, and liturgical celebrations,” says Pedro Quitorio, The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippine (CBCP),  media director via messenger and was published by Manila times.

Just visit Google Maps on the web, type in a destination, perhaps a church you’d like to visit, and then view a specific area by dragging the Pegman located at the bottom right of your screen. If you’re using a mobile phone you can type in your destination and tap on a place marker.

Here are some church suggestions.

San Agustin Church, Intramuros

The church is also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolacion y Correa or the Immaculate Conception Parish. It is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of the Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila.

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Daraga Church, Albay

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Old Spanish colonial church, Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church is a Roman Catholic Church in the municipality of Daraga, Albay under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Legazpi. The church was built by the Franciscans in 1772 under the patronage of the Our Lady of the Gate.

Baclaran Church

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The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is one of the largest Marian churches in the Philippines. Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is popular amongst Filipino Catholics, and gave rise to the throngs of devotees who flood the church every Wednesday to attend Mass and pray the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Caleruega Church

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Caleruega’s name is inspired by a town in Spain, which was the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, father of the Order of Preachers. The Caleruega Church is rested on top of a hill and is enclosed with vibrant greenery and lovely gardens

Miag-ao Church

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The church served as a stronghold against Muslim raiders back in the old days. Miag-ao Church is considered an architectural beauty due to its extraordinary construction and exceptional design. The yellowish hue of the facade is attributed to the construction resources used such as adobe, egg, coral, and limestone.

Paoay Church

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Paoay Church, also known as the St. Augustine Church, was completed in 1894 under the leadership of Fr. Antonio Estavillo. The structure of the church is called “Earthquake Baroque” due to its distinctive combination of gothic and oriental designs.

St. Andrew Kim Parish

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Inspired by a Korean and European structural design, the parish was built to pay tribute to the first Korean Catholic priest who studied and sought refuge in Bulacan.

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