As far back as the year 2007 (as far back as my memory serves me of course), my friends and I have been observing Visita Iglesia, which traditionally is done during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday. It is a Roman Catholic tradition where you visit seven churches. The number seven has deep significance in the church. I thought it had something to do with the perfect number seven as opposed to the non-perfect number six. Remember the number of the omen – six six six? It was connected to the devil because the numbers were imperfect. I didn’t realize it also relates to a few more things such as the following:
- Seven Scripture passages of Christ’s arrest and trial
- The Seven Last Words
- Seven Holy Wounds (five wounds plus the Scourge marks and His injured left shoulder)
- Seven first Christian holy sites in Israel
- Seven Deacons of the Twelve Apostles
- Seven ancient basilicas of Rome
Anyway, our pilgirm day usually starts around 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. at my house where I serve breakfast and coffee. The traditional breakfast I usually serve is fried fish (tuyo or danggit) and garlic fried rice. A little chit-chat here and there and off we go to start visiting the churches. We start with four churches in New Jersey and three churches in Pennsylvania where we conclude our pilgrimage.
Each year, I am in charge of printing the prayer booklet which we use during our mini-pilgrimage. And each year, I find a different one. Some that are very old (with old prayers words in it like Thee and Thou etc) and some that are very modern (which we actually prefer).
I found one this year is not only the version that we prefer but it is also created in PDF but in BOOKLET format. So, all you have to do is print it out, set it up like a booklet and VOILA! You’re ready for your 14 Stations of the Cross.
To print the booklet, go to this link.
Here are some of our photos from last year.