This is the first time that I will be doing the Visita Iglesia alone. Actually we have not being doing this, the last time we have Visita Iglesia was Maundy Thursday evening of 2005. We took the van and almost all of us at home joined the pilgrimage. We visited Churches of Pavia, Sta. Barabara, St. Joseph the Worker, Jaro Cathedral, St. Clements, Lapaz, San Jose, Santa Maria, Santa Teresita, Tanza, Molo, Villa, Mandurriao and last is San Miguel. It was fourteen Churches equivalent to the Fourteen station of the Cross. The following years a lot of things happened in our family and I was not so enthusiastic to do it again.
This year I planned to do it alone, taking public transport as our van is not so reliable anymore. I already listed the fourteen Churches I will visit but I was not able to leave home early. I decided to trim the number to seven…with two Stations of the Cross for each. I was also able to join the Via Crucis in our town twice (out of the five)..Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 5:00AM to 6:30AM.
First Station – St. Michael the Arcangel Church
I already did the first station of the Cross in our town St. Michael the Archangel parish after the early morning Via Crucis but the pictures were not clear. I used iphone 6 but don’t know how to adjust the settings…not so techie.
Our Church is being reconstructed…this is the facade. Campaign for donations for Church construction is on-going.
Second Station – Mandurriao Church (Parish of Espousal of our Lady), Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Some of the Pasos that will be used for the afternoon’s procesion.
Third and Fourth Station – Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Jaro, Iloilo City
Fifth and Sixth Station – St. Joseph the Worker Church, Jaro, Iloilo City
Seventh and Eighth Stations – St. Clement’s Church, Lapaz, Iloilo City
Nineth and Tenth Stations – San Jose Church, Iloilo City
Eleventh and Twelfth Stations – Santa Maria Church, Iloilo City
Santa Maria had the Altar of Repose inside a room on the right side of the Church. It has a glass wall and door. At the time I arrived, I was wondering why there is a priest and a man beside him. I though they were discussing something. You can not come near the area as it is barricaded by plastic chairs. It was only later that I realized that this area is being used for Confessions! Why? There are a lot of pilgrims still going inside the Church at 11:00AM. I pity the old lady and her companion as one of the watchers ran after them and “dragged” them towards the back of the Church. A portion of the Church that is not so public could have been used as temporary Confessional.
I was not able to take a picture of Santa Maria Church.
Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations – Tanza Church (Immaculate Concepcion Church), Iloilo City
I prayed the thirteenth and fourteenth Stations of the Cross here as I know the Altar of Repose will be closed at 12:00 noon and the blessed Sacrament back to the middle altar for the 3:00pm
Molo Church (Santa Ana Church), Molo Iloilo City
It was already passed twelve when I left Tanza Church. I proceeded to Molo Church to do another visit and take pictures. I was planning to wait until such time that the passes come in for the afternoon procesion but it will still be several hours. I decided to go home and join our town’s Good Friday procesion.
I noticed all the female Saints inside the Church are gone…..maybe for restoration. Santa Ana Church popularly known as Molo Church is I think the most beautiful Church in Panay, inside and outside…I wanted to say in the Philippines but I have not gone to all the Churches in the country.
This is the first time that I have taken a close look at the altars and images inside the Church. I seldom hear mass here as this is not so accessible like other Churches in the City Proper area.
When I was a little girl I remembered that priests used to deliver their homily in this side Pulpit.
This door is beautiful despite the missing pane and the grasses and weeds the grows on the limestone.
The white pergola with Greek Godesses was a new addition to the sights in the Plaza.
Next year, I will be in Molo to photograph all the Pasos during the Good Friday Procession. I have done the Jaro Good Friday procession here and of course the yearly good Friday procession in our town which can be accessed in this blog.