This is our second year in the tradition. Just like last year, we did the visitation without the kids. The weather was too hot with city temperature ranges from 32 to 34 degrees Celsius. Umbrella, hat, sunblock lotion is a must to protect ourselves from sun exposure.
Except for the 3 major churches we visited last year, this time we went to four other churches found in the city that we skipped in last year’s Visita Iglesia. We started a little late yesterday at 10AM, since hubby just came home from his graveyard shift and we need to complete the visitation as early as possible, for hubby still had another graveyard shift later.
Still using the Visita Iglesia Guide, Reflections and Prayers booklet that we got last year, we’re off to our Cagayan de Oro City Visita Iglesia 2016.
Church No. 1, The Sanctuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish, located at RN Pelaez St., Kauswagan
The Last Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist
Gospel: Mt. 26:26-30
The Lord gave us the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, for us to remember Him and his ultimate sacrifice, to share us with the food of eternal life, so that we will no longer go hungry or thirsty.
Let us always thank the Lord for this heavenly gift that we receive everyday: the food that sustains and nourishes our soul; the food that will continue to carry us to a life with the Father.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Second Church.
Church No. 2, The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, located at JV Seriña St., Carmen
The Washing of the Feet
Gospel: Jn 13:4-10, 12-15
answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
The act of washing of the feet in Jesus time is a duty of a slave, but Jesus showed as humility, humility in service. That we should follow Jesus, by serving others, our neighbors with humility, with humbleness, that when we do this not only there will be joy and happiness in our hearts but we glorify God and will receive heavenly reward.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Third Church.
Church No. 3, The St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, located at N. Capistrano and Fernandez Streets
The Priestly Prayer of Jesus
Gospel: Jn 13:1, 3-6, 8-9, 11, 14-15, 17
For us to gain true happiness and glory, Jesus offered himself for us, he chose to have the sufferings and death to save us. Instead of asking to be saved, Jesus prayed to his Father to accept us and the Holy Spirit to protect us.
Let us accept and concede that Jesus saved us. With unfaltering faith, we should always acknowledge his eternal presence, his presence through the Blessed Sacrament.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Fourth Church.
Church No. 4, The Sr. Jesus Nazareno Parish Church, located at Claro M. Recto Avenue
The Agony of Jesue in the Garden of Gethsemane
Gospel: Lk 22:39-44
We are reminded to always pray. Pray for guidance and protection, pray when we make great decisions. To parallel our plans, our decisions, and to take a road hand in hand with the Father. Let God be our refuge and consolation in every trial and temptation in life. Let us thank Him for the Blessed Sacrament that reminds us to pray to the Father.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Fifth Church.
Church No. 5, The Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church, located at Hayes St., Camaman-an
“So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?”
Gospel: Mt 26:40-41
Some of us including myself are guilty of not giving even an hour of our time for the Lord. We tend to prioritize other things than spending time with God. Let us be reminded to not forget our weekly dates with the Lord, our duty and obligation to serve God through Sunday Mass.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Sixth Church.
Church No. 6, The Carmelite Monastery Chapel, located at Seminary Hill, Camaman-an
His Disciples Fled and Abandoned Him
Gospel: Mk 14:45-50
There are times we are like Jesus’ apostles who pledged to follow and be faithful with him, yet when in times of troubles, trials and challenges we run away from God. We abandon Jesus, we abandon God. Let us always remain and continue to be faithful with God, we should not flee just because we in experiencing an ordeal.
Said the prayers and proceeded to the Seventh Church.
Church No. 7, The San Lorenzo Ruiz Filipino-Chinese Community Church, Megaheights, Gusa
Jesus in Front of the Sanhedrin
Gospel: Mk 14:60-64
Even though Jesus was accused, slandered and condemned to death, still Jesus has showed loved and patience and forgiveness to the enemy, to us, to the whole world. Let us always follow Jesus and walk is the same road to life everlasting.
The Visita Iglesia is one way for us to reflect and be closer to God, to join Jesus in his sufferings, to pray and be with Him in his last moments on earth.
At 1:45PM we are done with the Visita Iglesia 2016, and we promised to continue our tradition next year and the years to come.