I must admit that my childhood princesses were Cinderella & Snow White. The first books I had was their stories. But as I grew older, I have come to appreciate Belle. Probably because she is not a damsel in distress type of princess.
I must say that this generation’s version of Beauty & the Beast movie does not disappoint. Emma Watson deserve to be Belle. ( It’s just sad that kids today will remember Emma as Belle/Beauty and not Hermione Granger. Because I would always choose Hermione over Belle, anytime. Heehee )
Anyway, this movie reminded me how powerful love can be. And it made me realize that after all these time, after all the heartaches and heart breaks, I still believe in fairy tales, even to a tale as old as time. 🙂
The Visita Iglesia (Church Visit) is a Holy Week practice where devotees visit and pray in at least 7 separate churches.
It can be done in one day, usually on Maundy Thursday, or it can take days until before Easter Sunday if churches are far apart.
Initially, the purpose of this Holy Week practice was to honor the Blessed Sacrament, when Jesus established the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
It then morphed into a form of pilgrimage and meditation for the Holy Week, and also a form of seeking penance for sins. Superstition even has it that wishes would be granted upon completion of a Visita Iglesia.
Stations of the Cross may also be held during church visits. Devotees either visit 14 churches for each of the 14 Stations of the Cross, or pray two stations in each of the 7 churches
Visita Iglesia has always been part of my Lenten rituals. I usually do it with family or friends on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. But this year, since I am assuming that I will be at work during those days, I tried to think of how I can still manage to do the visita iglesia. And so I thought of visiting one church per week during the 7-week Lenten season, starting from March 1(Ash Wednesday) up to April 14(Good Friday).
CHURCH #1. Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord
March 1, 2017 (Ash Wednesday)
this chapel is located at the 5th floor of SM Megamall in Ortigas. I used to hear mass in that chapel when I was still assigned in Podium Mall. Despite many people going there to hear mass especially on Sundays, I still find the chapel solemn.
CHURCH #2. Immaculate Conception Cathedral
March 7, 2017
This cathedral is located in Pasig City. It is also the church nearest my place and where I usually hear mass whenever I could on Sundays and on my rest days. I easily fell in love with this church the first time I was there. Outside the main church you can find (my favorite spot) the Chapel of Saints where there is also adoration chapel inside. At the chapel of saints you can find images of the Black Nazarene, St. Padre Pio, St. Jude Thaddeus, and St. Anthony among others. There, you can go around and touch the images while praying or you can sit and solemnly talk to God.
I honestly don’t know why, but during this visit, I cried so much while praying.
CHURCH #3: Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
March 16, 2017
This chapel is located at the roof deck of SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Well yes, I like the chapels built by SM because not only they are very accessible but it’s also surprising how these chapels can be so solemn despite being located in malls. And the architectural design is a good bonus. 🙂
This particular chapel is also special to me because this is where my best friend’s prayer to have a baby was answered. And now our pretty baby Audrey is 2 years old.
CHURCH #4: Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag
March 25, 2017
located in Pangasinan, about 5 hours travel by bus from Quezon City
when I thought of doing this weekly church visit, Manaoag church was immediately on my list
know to be miraculous and a pilgrim site, devotees from all over the country and even abroad, come everyday to pray
I am sad and broken hearted. I cried so much today. But I don’t know how to nor who should I talk to about it. There’s just too many things going on in my head. I just want to stay in bed and cry until there will be no more tears that will pour from my eyes. But I need to be at work. I need to live and make a living. Well at least I have something to divert my attention into. But still his memory keeps on interfering. I can’t help but stalk him. It just hurts so bad. It hurts really, really bad. I miss him.