Holy Week Special: Our Visita Iglesia Route in Quezon City
Holy week for me is usually spent at home with the family. We rarely go out for a vacation like mo...
Holy week for me is usually spent at home with the family. We rarely go out for a vacation like most do. We follow the tradition of attending services in the parish to commemorate the Passion of Jesus Christ annually. What we never miss to do as a family, except when I'm sent out of town by our company for a Holy Week event (like in Boracay last year for six days), is the Visita Iglesia every Maundy Thursday.
Our Visita Iglesia route is usually within Manila or Quezon City. This year, we visited seven churches within the area of Quezon City. But the last church we visited was in Manila already, one that's near home. This year, I documented each church we visited to share with you our Visita Iglesia route in Quezon City.
First Church: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine
Dona Juana St., New Manila, Quezon City
What I like about this church is its grandness. It is really huge but still solemn. I like its tall stained glass windows which showed all the stations of the cross. Its exteriors are not painted up to this day which adds to its old church feel.
|Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine|
|St. Joseph Convent of Perpetual Adoration|
E. Rodriguez Sr. St., Quezon City
This church plays a part in my wonderful childhood memories. When I was little we used to frequent the convent at the back of the church. I remember seeing a cemetery for priests, a huge grotto and a lot of trees. It's perfect for a quick getaway when you're troubled and want to retreat. If you also want to reflect on your life in a place conducive for it, this is a perfect. The church itself not your regular four-cornered architecture. It's designed like a half-U with the altar at the center for all churchgoers to see.
|Christ The King Church|
Sct. Ybardolaza St., Kamuning, Quezon City
The stations of cross were placed outside the church so it won't be crowded inside. The church is always packed every mass schedule which made it a good decision for them to put a special stations of the cross. Situated along the busy street of Ybardolaza, expect a lot of vendors outside the church. From clothes, toys, suman, palabok to silog, they're all there.
|Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Kamuning|
Sct. Rallos cor. Timog, Mo. Ignacia & Sct. Santiago Sts,
Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
You won't miss this church if you pass by Timog near Quezon Ave. It's in the corner of four different streets. Looking for parking space could be tough though, but the side streets could make up for it. There are parking attendants along the streets and security guards in nearby establishments. Albeit its circular structure, the church is still a bit crowded inside. For people commuting, the church is very accessible.
|St. Paul the Apostle Parish|
Gilmore Ave., Quezon City
My heart always feels at peace whenever I visit this simple and small church. Although the church is not that big, it's still spacious inside because of its high ceiling. Inside, the walls are painted white and uses simple decor. It doesn't make the interiors very busy, allowing the churchgoers to concentrate during mass. By the way, the only mass schedule in this church is 6:30am from Mondays to Sundays. It's situated along Gilmore Ave., but you may miss it if you didn't know that there's a church to your left because it doesn't have a big signage, it's secured in high walls and has only 1 grilled gate which closes when there's no more mass schedule or when there are no church activities.
|Carmel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus|
Old Sta. Mesa St., Sta. Mesa, Manila
One of the nearest churches to our place is this one. Along the very busy Old Sta. Mesa St., this church is easy to see and accessible to public transportation. Parking is almost hard to find so it's more advisable to commute going there. It's a very big church, enough to accommodate a huge number of churchgoers within the area.
|Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Manila|