I asked my friend Charitie a favor to come with me one weekend and take me to Saint Jude Church in Manila. Saint Jude is known by the Catholics to be the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes. To know more about Saint Jude, please click here: Who is St. Jude?
Luckily, there are other Churches around the area where Saint Jude Church is, so instead of just visiting one, we ended up visiting four churches more! The good thing is, it is my first time to enter all these five Churches. You may not know it, but they say we can make a wish on a Church the first time we set foot in it. That said, I got to say my wish in all these five Churches.
Starting point is the Legarda LRT1 Station. From there walk to your left until you see an intersection. Pass through the Mendiola Peace Arch.
Stay on your left and we’ll start from here. Below is the list of Churches in the order by which one we saw first.
Our Lady of Montessarat Abbey
National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus
National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels
Saint Anthony Shrine, and the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto/Sampaloc Church
These two churches are located side by side in Sampaloc, Manila, thus it is sometimes known as the twin churches. Also, please note that these last 2 churches are outside Mendiola. You may have to go back to Legarda and cross the street to Sampaloc, Manila. Or from Legarda visit these 2 churches first before the churches I mentioned above (1-3). Your choice.
What an early Visita Iglesia it is!
By the way, after visiting the above churches we decided to go food tripping Binondo where we set foot on our 6th Church for the day ~
the Binondo Church
May we all have a meaningful Holy Week this Lent.. 🙂
God Bless, everyone!