I was raised Catholic by my parents. I have studied in Catholic schools and at one point of my life, I even wanted to be a nun. The teachings and traditions of my Catholic faith has been deeply ingrained in my system. This week is Holy Week for Christians. It is the last week of 40 days of Lent. The Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday then Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday then ends with celebration of Easter Sunday.
On Good Friday, it is the highest point of Lenten season. It is the solemn comemoration of the passion and death of Jesus Christ and His suffering in Calvary.
On Good Friday, our family often do the Visita Iglesia which is to visit 7 churches and praying the Stations of the Cross in those 7 churches. And on the afternoon, we go for a procession with beautifully decorated floats depicting the passion of Christ and the Station of the Cross. During Lent, we dont meat though we are allowed to eat fish or any seafoods during Fridays.
The Holy Week traditions like Visita Iglesia and processions are often forgotten when you live in another country. Though I would hope to try to do the 7 Churches Visits when my kids would be older. It would be challenging here because we dont own a car compared to when we are in the Philippines. Driving around the city to the 7 churches is more feasible.
I have been living in the East of Singapore for 5 years now. I love being an Eastie. Though we are contemplating a move this year, we may probably still find a place in the East. So for the planned Visita Iglesia, I plotted and search for 7 churches in the East and a few in the Central area.
If you are an Eastie too, here are my list of 7 churches which you can do your Visita Iglesia.
1. Church of Divine Mercy
19 Pasir Ris St 72 Singapore 518771 |
+65 6583 3378
Nearest MRT: Pasir Ris
2. Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity
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Church of the Holy Trinity
20 Tampines St 11 Singapore 529455
Tel : 6784 2332 / Fax : 6786 5042
Nearest MRT: Tampines
3. Church of St. Stephen
30 Sallim Road Singapore 387639
Nearest MRT: Aljunied
4. Church of the Holy Family
CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY
6 Chapel Road
Tel: 6344 0046
Fax: 6348 0552
Nearest MRT: Eunos
5. Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1259 Upper Serangoon Road Singapore 534795
Nearest MRT: Hougang
6. Saint Joseph’s Church
143 Victoria Street Singapore 188020
Nearest MRT: City Hall/Bugis
7. Our Lady of Lourdes Church
50 Ophir Road,
Nearest MRT: Bugis
For my fellow Catholics, may you all have a blessed Holy Week and we should never forget why we value the importance of Lent and the beautiful meaning and sacrifice of our beloved saviour, Jesus Christ.
Happy advance Easter to all of you! May we repent, rise and be better versions of ourselves.