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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Holy Places, Holy Week: A Pilgrim's Guide to Cagayan de Oro's Visita Iglesia Churches

Visita Iglesia, or the Seven Churches Visitation, is a popular Lenten tradition observed by Catholics around the world. It involves visiting seven churches to pray and reflect on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

In the Philippines, the Visita Iglesia is a widely-practiced tradition, especially during Holy Week. Many Catholics flock to different churches, sometimes traveling long distances, to complete the seven-church visitation.

However, for Cagay-anon Catholics, there is no need to go to far places and spend a lot to do this Lenten tradition. There are several churches within the city and nearby areas that can be included in the Visita Iglesia. Here are 12 churches in Cagayan de Oro City that can be visited during this holy week:

  1. St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral - Brgy. 1, Cagayan de Oro City
  2. Immaculate Conception Parish Church - Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City
  3. San Guillermo Church - Rd to Centro Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City
  4. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish - Villarin St, Cagayan de Oro City
  5. Santuario Eucaristico - Sacred Heart Parish - R.N. Pelaez Blvd., Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City
  6. San Pedro Calungsod Chapel - NHA, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City
  7. St. Francis Xavier Parish Church - Pueblo de Oro, Gran Via, Cagayan de Oro City
  8. San Isidro Labrador Parish - Eagle St, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City
  9. Shrine of the Black Nazarene - Claro M. Recto Ave, Cagayan de Oro City
  10. Immaculate Conception Church - Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City
  11. Our Lady of Fatima Chapel - Don Apolinar Velez St, Cagayan de Oro City
  12. San Antonio de Padua Parish - 12th St, Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City

These churches offer a range of architectural styles and historical significance. Visiting them during Holy Week can provide a meaningful and spiritual experience for Catholics.

While the tradition of Visita Iglesia involves visiting seven churches, the number is not strictly enforced. Catholics can visit as many churches as they wish, or even choose to visit a single church for a more contemplative experience.

The Visita Iglesia is a meaningful way for Catholics to observe Holy Week and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In Cagayan de Oro City, there are plenty of churches to visit, making it easy and accessible for local Catholics to participate in this Lenten tradition. 

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