The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has expressed a desire for followers of the Catholic faith to “find the balance between the worthy celebration of the liturgy of the Rites of Holy Week and the call of our health and civil authorities to help stem the rapid transmission of the coronavirus disease.”
In line with this, they have taken the time to set up a virtual “Visita Iglesia in 360” experience. This allows people to take a 28-minute, 360-degree tour of 14 different Catholic churches in the country, one church for every Station of the Cross.
(CBCP Announces Guidelines for Celebrating Holy Week Amid Enhanced Community Quarantine)
Featured churches are the Sto. Nino Church in Anda, Bohol; Church of St. James the Apostle in Betis, Pampanga; St. Joseph Cathedral in Butuan City, Butuan; St. James the Great Parish in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte; Palo Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo, Leyte; Nuestra Señora dela Asuncion in Maragondon, Cavite; Sto. Tomas de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo; St. Agustin Church in Panglao, Bohol; St. Augustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte; St. Joseph Cathedral in Romblon Island, Romblon; San Sebastian Church in Quiapo, Manila; Church of San Diego de Alcala in Silay, Negros Occidental; San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, Siquijor, and Our Lady of the Abandoned in Sta. Ana, Manila.
“Today, when everybody is in quarantine and all liturgy in physical churches are closed to people, Visita Iglesia continues to be a portal for online retreats, catechesis and liturgical celebrations,” CBCP Media Office director Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III stated.
“In online Visita Iglesia, one can pray the ‘Pasyon’, Stations of the Cross, virtually visit churches on Holy Thursday, and attend live online celebrations masses and other liturgical activities.”
You may access the “Virtual Iglesia in 360 experience” here.
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