As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
|The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday during Holy Week is especially popular in Italy, Poland, Mexico and the Philippines. It was brought to the USA by immigrants from those and other predominantly Catholic lands. Here is an example: the Polish Christians of New York continuing with the tradition.
Watch a video on the traditional ‘seven churches visitation’ on Holy Thursday in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia (New York)
So where does this tradition come from?
Source:Seven Churches Visitation -Wikipedia
Our Sunday Visitor
The Seven Churches Visitation also known as Visita Iglesia is a pious Roman Catholic tradition observed by faithful Christians during Lent by attempting to visit 7 Christian sites or parishes. Customarily observed during Maundy Thursday, today it is commonly practiced during any day of the Holy Week.
Various associations have been made during Lent with regards to the significance of number seven. Altogether, they range from the following:
Seven scriptural events of Jesus Christ’s capture
Seven Last Words on Mount Calvary
Seven Wounds of Jesus Christ (Five wounds plus Scourging and Left Shoulder)
Seven first holy Christian sites in Israel
Seven Deacons of the Twelve Apostles
Seven ancient basilicas of Rome
|VISITA IGLESIA Crowd at Asilo de la Milagrosa
photos source: Flickr
|Watch a video by Franco di Capua
of my favourite church in the world –
La Sagrada Familia
an absolute masterpiece inside and out
La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
Expected date of completion is 2026,
the centennial of Architect Gaudi’s death.
Visit the official website of La Sagrada Familia