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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Holy Week in Philippines

My mother is a very religious woman. She attends mass every Sunday; pray the rosary every 3 o'clock at dawn time; a member of Charismatic, Legion of Mary, Devine Mercy and other religious group. My mother is the greatest influence in every aspect of my life including my religious belief as a Catholic.

At a young age, I grew up attending mass and when we moved to a place where the church is just accross the street, we sort of devote half of our time involved in church activities. I missed those moments

Holy Week in the Philippines is truly HOLY. In my place

-there is a street procession (Way of the Cross) at dawn time
-there is a Passion play called the Sinakulo just to remind us how Jesus gave his life on the cross
-we usually keep the day solemn by not tolling the church bells especially on holy thursday up to Black Saturday
-noise is discouraged and some radio stations and television stations sign off
-some broadcast only Religious Programming
-businesses are close
-most Filipinos keep a prayerful life

This coming Monday is called Holy Monday which marks the beginning of the Pabasa or READING which is the marathon chanting of the story of Jesus' life, passion, and death

I usually stayed home and watch the TV about it or listen to the local radio

On Holy Thursday, we usually do the Bisita Iglesia (Church Visit) and pray the Stations of the Cross. On this day, the last Mass before Easter is also celebrated including the reenactment of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles. Then, the Mass is followed by the procession of the Blessed Sacrament before it is taken to the Altar of Repose.

During Good Friday, we have the Way of the Cross procession which is the commemoration of Jesus' Seven last words or Siete Palabras and also Passion play called the Sinakulo.

On Easter morning we have a procession called Tabo or Salubong. We have statues of Jesus and Mary are brought together to meet halfway during the procession. It would mean the first reunion of Jesus and Mama Mary after the Resurrection. After the procession, Easter mass will follow.


  1. hi ate amy kumusta? regards to your mom. Hapit na gyud holy week ate pero school lang ghapon mi from holy monday until holy wednesday. God bless and take care always ate amy.


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