Holy Week and all of escapades

Catholic church and devotees are celebrating Holy Week yearly. This is the week that most people find their reunion with their faith more than ever. Time for fasting, repentance and rituals. Let’s take a look how these important days are being celebrated in the Philippines.

YOUNG WOMAN RECEIVES MARK OF ASHESIt began with Ash Wednesday where devotees are having a mark on their forehead a cross mark out of ash by priests or designated church personnel.

palaspasThen the Palm Sunday. Where the churhgoers attending mass and where the palm they had was being blessed. Many people believe that having a blessed palm in their house brings luck and they are safe from being hit by thunder storms.

pabasa1We can still see many passion readers especially in the province. By 3 pm Holy Monday, the readers or rather the singers starting to sing passion in different melodies. Because many singers are youth, you can hear melodies in contemporary tunes, melodies from modern songs and for some, even rap.

palo-likodPenitentiaries were there too in different forms. there are some who walk barefooted while  hitting their own back with a bundle of stick. Their backs are usually slash by blade or a piece of broken glass, their face are covered with black cloth.

pasang-krusCarry your cross. This reenactment of Jesus Christ carrying cross is being done by many devotees. They carry a wooden cross, barefooted and going to different church.

Philippines CrucifixionNailed in the cross. This is a painful way of penitential form. The devotees are literally being nailed in the cross. Pampanga is one of the province that are popular with this kind of sacrifice.

Church visit. Maundy Thursday is the day that many people are visiting churches, 7 churches actually. They are listening to mass of every church they visited.

morionesMarinduque is famous for the Moriones Festival. People were costumed in the era of Poncius Pilate where they beheaded “Longhino” for telling everyone that the Christ was born again.

Easter Sunday is quite festive in some places. The “Salubong” (Meeting) of our Lord and Mother Mary  happen. Thousands of people are attending this ritual. For some malls, the activity of hunting eggs are still alive where different color and designs were made for the eggs with of course, some treats for the youngsters.

For busy buddies, they find time to relax with this little long vacation. They go to beaches and places that were cool like Baguio and Tagaytay.

But whatever you choose to celebrate the occasion, let’s find time to meditate and renew our faith to our Lord. It doesn’t matter if we are Catholic or not.

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3 Responses

  1. happy easter!

  2. Hi, nice post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll likely be subscribing to your blog. Keep up the good work

  3. already jesus carried the cross believe in him and we no need to carry it again

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