We Pinoy Catholics have a tradition of visiting seven churches during Holy Thursday. Much the same as the tradition in Rome where pilgrims visit the the seven pilgrim churches as penance. They are Saint John Lateran, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Major, Saint Paul-outside-the-Walls, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Holy Cross-in-Jerusalem, and traditionally Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls. Pope John Paul II replaced St. Sebastian with the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Divine Love for the jubilee year of 2000.
Even if it is not Holy Thursday, I will visit churches and will give my raves and comments about the church. Feel free to post in your comments as well
So here is my first offering.
First stop, St. Paul the Apostle Parish Church in the Diocese of Cubao, Quezon City.
Here is the outside of the parish church.
This is the inside of St. Paul the Apostle Parish Church in Quezon City.
I took this photo while a wedding was going on.
Notice the sanctuary? Drab...Iconoclastic...Modernist! By the way, that crucifix there is slightly disfigured, bordering on being deformed.
Can't find the tabernacle? Yeah I was surprised too. After dipping my finger in holy water to sign myself with the Cross, I was about to genuflect when I cannot find the reason why I should genuflect at all!
I looked around and found a room/chapel in the left side of the church.
There, they have taken the Lord. Pews and kneelers inside.
My verdict? Where is "EXTREME CATHOLIC CHURCH MAKEOVER" when you need them?
The church does not lift your spirit, does not inspire you to prayer... Take out the crucifix and you have one heck of an auditorium. Oh, wait! THAT would be an UGLY auditorium!
No sense of the sacred...
My prescription? Visit The New Liturgical Movement and WDTPRS