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Maundy Thursday, my family and I visited seven churches in La Union. These churches are; Saint John the Baptist, Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, San Nicolas de Tolentino, Saint Christopher Parish, Our Lady of Namacpacan Church, Our Lady of Charity and Saints Peter and Paul Parish church. Every Holy Week, it’s a tradition of the family to recite the Stations of the Cross in our visits.  A moment for us to reflect and pray, a travel for us to learn something and as well as, a good memory for us to cherish.

 

First, we visited Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan, La Union.

 

 

 

 

 

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  –  St. John 3:16

 

 

An old bell displayed outside the church.

 

After taking a moment of silence of praying inside the church, we also take some pictures outside the church, as a remembrance for our visit. But, if there are no masses or there are only a few visitors inside during our visit, we also take pictures inside, but we make it sure that, there is no flash of our cameras.

 

 

Second, we stop at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Bacnotan, La Union.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1 Thesossalanians 4:16

 

 

The kids were so happy to see this old huge bell on the ground. But, it is sad to say that, they also saw the ugly writings on it.  That’s why, I reminded them, do not vandalize anything. I hope they will clean this bell and put signage.

 

 

 

 

Third, we visited the San Nicolas de Tolentino church in Balaoan, La Union. An old church that was constructed on 1820’s and completed in 1864.

 

 

For the fourth church, we visited,

Saint Christopher Parish Church
Bangar, La Union

 

 

I can say that I am a very good story teller if am in this church. The painting from the ceiling with title tells the story of Jesus. Just by looking up and pointing frame by frame to the kids or my companions, I can easily explain to them what is the story behind that art.

 

And the fifth is the Our Lady of Namacpacan church, also known as Santa Catalina de Alejandria church located in Barangay Victoria, Luna, La Union. The church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

Then we headed to Agoo, La Union and visited Our Lady of Charity for the sixth church.

 

 

 

 

And our Visita Iglesia ended to Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Bauang, La Union.

 

 

We ended up…… thanking the Lord, for a peaceful  Maundy Thursday and a safe trip.

 

 

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