We had a very reflective and fulfilling Good Friday this Holy week. My friends and I organized a Visita Iglesia in Singapore, which is also known as the Seven Churches Visitation. It is a tradition for Roman Catholics where we visit 7 churches and contemplate on the 14 Stations of the Cross, also known as Ways of the Cross. Normally it’s observed during Maundy Thursday, but since it’s not a holiday in Singapore, we do it on Good Friday. We did it last year but we were more adventurous and went to 14 churches. 🙂
Our dear friend Tania did the itinerary. She planned it so well that she calculated the travelling duration and the shortest path between each church. She’s naturally geek. Our original plan was to visit the following churches (in sequence):
Meeting Place: Tampines MRT (10AM)
1) Church Of The Holy Trinity
Tampines Street 11. 529455
2) Church Of Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour
31 Siglap Hill. (S)456085
3) Holy Family Church
6 Chapel Road. (S)429509
4) Church Of Our Lady Queen Of Peace
4 Sandy Lane. (S)437321
5) Church of Saint Stephen
30 Sallim Road. (S)387639
6) Church of St Michael
17 Saint Michael’s Road. (S)327976
7) St Joseph’s Church
143A Victoria Street. (S)188020
It was slightly changed because we wanted to visit the church in Pasir Ris so we travelled there after the Church of the Holy Trinity. We followed the printable guide The Stations of the Cross during our entire journey. Thanks Glenn for printing 10 copies of it. 😀
Instagram and the Visita Iglesia
Then I saw the meme above in Facebook. Basically it says, “Hey You! You only observe Visita Iglesia so that you can post something in your Instagram?“. It sounds funny but it is also somehow true. There’s a verse in the Bible, from Mathew 6:5, that says (thanks to Google!):
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Somehow, I felt like the meme was intended towards me (and all the Instagrammers out there!). I was taken aback and was rationalizing if my instagramming was improper, until I received a comment from a friend. I know his comment was more of a sarcasm, but somehow it shed some light that there’s nothing wrong instagramming your Visita Iglesia. Here are a few reasons why I think it’s good to “social media”-lize this tradition:
- It is a good way to educate our non-Catholic friends about this.
- It is one of the contemporary form of spreading awareness to those who have forgotten the activities during Holy Week.
- It also shows how we can have fun and be adventurous in following the Church’s traditions. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we have to be having fun commemorating the passion and death of Jesus. We are reflecting on it but the means in doing it is fun. Confusing? 🙂
- It is a good way to record how we observed this tradition yearly, kind of historical moments.
- It is also the best way to show your artistic photography skills.
So, keep on instagramming your own Visita Iglesia and send me the links, I’d love to see the churches you’ve been to. 🙂