Take along your family and friends to the Holy Thursday tradition of Visita Iglesia, also known as Seven Churches Visitation. Dating back to the 16th century and was made known by Saint Philip Neri in Rome, Italy, the practice originally involved the visitation of seven basilicas in Rome to signify the seven stations of the cross from the arrest of Jesus to His crucifixion.

On Holy Thursday, after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is solemnly processed and placed in a tabernacle on the Altar of Repose, which is open late for silent adoration. Amid the Eucharistic Revival, Visita Iglesia this year takes on a deeper meaning. We invite you to participate in this beautiful tradition by visiting and praying at several parishes’ altars of repose starting at St. John the Baptist. Below is a proposed list of seven churches to visit on the night of Holy Thursday, March 28th. 

Click the prayer guide button below for a suggested prayer and reflection guide prepared by our diocese. For location of other parishes, please refer to the interactive map below.

1. St. John the Baptist – till midnight
2. St. Elizabeth, 750 Sequioa Dr., Milpitas 95035 – till 11pm
3. St. Victor, 3108 Sierra Rd., San Jose 95132 – till 11:45pm
4. St. John Vianney, 4600 Hyland Ave., San Jose 95127 – till midnight
5. Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2020 E San Antonio St., San Jose 95116 – till midnight
6. Most Holy Trinity, 2040 Nassau Dr., San Jose 95122 – till midnight
7. Our Lady of Peace, 2800 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara 95054 – till midnight