The young adult ministry of Saint Martin of Tours Parish in San Jose sponsored its 5th Annual Visita Iglesia as the start of their Holy Week celebration. Every year, following the procession to the Altar of Repose after Holy Thursday Mass, the young adults and other Saint Martin parishioners gather and visit six other churches to pray the Stations of the Cross, honor the Blessed Sacrament and reflect on Jesus’ agony in the garden.
This devotional pilgrimage was started by Saint Philip Neri in the 16th century and originated in Rome where pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas. The choice of seven churches is also believed to be symbolic of the Seven Last Words and Five Holy Wounds of Jesus. The practice remains popular in the Philippines and several other parts of the world.
This year the pilgrimage stops were: Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Leo the Great, Saint Clare, Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Saint Justin, Saint Lawrence the Martyr and Our Lady of Peace. The pilgrims described each altar as unique and beautiful and the pilgrimage as a meaningful way to prayerfully enter into the Easter Triduum.
All young adults of the diocese are welcome to join us! For more information about our events, please visit our website www.smyoungadults.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on Facebook.