We had our yearly (we started last year only) Visita Iglesia cum Station of the Cross with the single, senior BFFs yesterday morning, on the Good Friday. Nera had already listed the fourteen churches we are visiting equivalent to the fourteen Stations of the the Cross.
1st Station Jesus is Condemned to Death – Carmelite Monastery Chapel in Sambag Jaro
Just like last year, they were preparing and decorating the Caro of the Last Supper for the afternoon procession.
2nd Station Jesus Carries his Cross – St. Joseph the Worker Church
Only took the picture of the Altar of repose from afar as they were having recollection/sharing just like last year.
3rd Station Jesus Falls for the First Time – Jaro Cathedral (Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and national Shrine of our Lady of Candles)
Image of our Lady of Candles..they say the imagine has been growing. I remember it was in an area in the wall and they said it has been removed as it has grown bigger. I hope I can see an old picture of this image.
4th Station Jesus Meets his Mother – St. Clement’s Church
St. Clement’s Church is another church that has built a good Catholic foundation on me especially my devotion to the Novena of our Mother of Perpetual Help. I use to hear mass hear with my Aunt as we live nearby. This is also here that I attended my first Easter Vigil mass and I vowed I will not attend another one as it took so long and I was about to collapse due to sleepiness (I think I was about nine years old at that time). The sound of the Carillion every Sunday morning use to wake us up.
The blessed Sacrament is not anymore in the Altar of Repose.
5th Station Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to Carry his Cross – Lapaz Church (Nuestra Senora de la Y Buen Viaje)
6th Station Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus – San Jose Church
I have so many pictures of this Church as this is very near our Regional Office. I use to hear mass everyday here at 7:00.
Altar of Repose with cover…I think the blessed Sacrament has already been removed as when we were there, they were about to start the mass confession.
7th Station Jesus Falls for the Second Time – Sta. Maria Catholic Church
Ever since I started the Visista Iglesia, I have not taken a good picture of the Altar of Repose in Sta. Maria Church as it is located in a room with glass doors. This year they have air-conditioned the whole Church and at the time we were there they were having a Recollection. The past year I think they were having confessions right in front of the Altar of Repose.
8th Station Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem – Sta. Teresita Church
I don’t know why they covered the Altar of Repose…I understand that the public can still visit the Altars on Good Friday up to 12:00 noon but Churches have different practices.
9th Station Jesus Falls for the Third Time – Tanza Church (Immaculate Concepcion Church)
10th Station – Jesus Clothes are Taken Away – Molo Church (Sta. Ana Church)
For the past years, Molo Church has no Altar of repose, this year I think they had but this was probably dismantled early as shown in this picture.
11th Station -Jesus is Nailed to the Cross – Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary Chapel
12th Station Jesus Dies on the Cross – Tigbauan Church (San Juan Sahagun Parish)
The original structure was built in 1575 and withstood centuries but the interior was heavily damaged in 1948 during the Eathquake Lady Caycay. Thankfully the facade remained and this has been preserved .
The back of the altar shows contemporary mosaic art depicting Jesus and his disciples with heaven, earth and hell.
At the back of the Alta of repose is one of the mosaic arts depicting different religious scenes.
13th Station The body of Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross – Oton Church (Immaculate Concepcion Church)
14th Station Jesus is Laid on the Tomb – Sto. Nino de Arevalo Church