Visita Iglesia Online: Alternative Way to Fulfill Holy Week Tradition for OFWs, Sick Filipino Catholics

Established in 2010 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for OFWs and sick Filipinos, Visita Iglesia Online immediately became a hit but crashed due to heavy traffic (almost 50,000 logged in) but was technically adjusted to accommodate even if the figure doubled the following year.


Manila Cathedral

Visita Iglesia or Church Visit is a Holy Week tradition of Filipino Catholics to visit seven churches as nominal (Seven Last Words) and 14 churches for the very faithful to correspond to the 14 Stations of the Cross.


Jesus Christ: The Way, The Truth and The Life

Visita Iglesia Online offers a virtual experience of celebrating the Holy Week and Easter at the comfort of one’s room—in front of a multimedia laptop or desktop, or tablet or cellphone which becomes a virtual chapel.

The site, according to CBCP Media, however, should not be used as substitute to the liturgical celebrations done in parishes. Those who are able and capable to physically celebrate liturgical services in parish churches should do so.


San Sebastian Church

This year, the featured Churches are Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Lingayen, Pangasinan; San Ildefonso Parish in Guiguinto, Bulacan; Sanctuario de Sto. Cristo in San Juan City; San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Barasoain Church) in Malolos City, Bulacan; Parish of Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr in San Fabian, Pangasinan; National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Baclaran; and the newly refurbished Manila Cathedral Basilica in Intramuros.


The magnificent dome of San Beda Chapel or Abbey of Our Lady of Monserrat

For the physically able and capable devotees or the plain faithful, in Manila alone, there’s already a clump of churches to visit—aside from San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, there’s the San Lorenzo Ruiz Church in Binondo, Sta. Cruz Church, Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, San Sebastian Church, San Beda Church and Saint Jude Thaddeus Church near Malacanang Palace.


Pope Francis: Even Atheists love him for his exemplary demeanor

Visita Iglesia Online features videos, photos and articles for spiritual growth and deepening one’s faith—like the Lenten Message of Pope Francis, Catechesis on Lent by Msgr. Bobby Olaguer and The Meaning of Lent by Abp. Socrates Villegas. There’s also resources for Reflections, Pasyon and Homilies.

Click the link to get to Visita Iglesia Online

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