Monday, April 6, 2009

Pinoy Holy Week

Semana Santa, the Filipino's observance of Holy Week, showcases the centuries-old tradition of the crucifixion, death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Days before the Holy Week, townfolks who belong to the catholic sect setup the Senakulo where the "Pabasa" is being held. Pabasa is a Filipino tradition of singing/reading the long passion of the Christ, which is based on the Catholic bible.

Villagefolks participate by taking turns singing the "pasyon", while others are given the task to provide merienda and or lunch/dinner for the singers.

During Good Fridays, youth and church leaders usually conduct a play or drama to re-enact the suffering of Christ from Getshemane to his crucifixion.

While the others observe penitence through abstinence of food and praying, some conduct their penitence by punishing themselves, either by carrying a cross or by whipping themselves while parading in the streets. This is what the townfolks say, the "Penitensiya".

These people believe that their sins are forgiven after they have suffered from their penitence.

siyetehan describes yet another form of penitence, and that is through the actual nailing of the hands and feet on the cross, to re-enact what Christ has done in calvary.
This has become sensational, that many local and foreign tourists, come every year in a village in San Fernando, Pampanga to witness the real-life nailing on the cross.

(read more >>>here)

While more people are more observant about the activities on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, may we not forget the important significance of Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday marks the resurrection of Christ, as the bible says, that on the third day after crucifixion, Jesus Christ rose from death and lives again.

This is the essence of the Holy Week- that our God has sacrificed His own son, Jesus Christ, to die at the cross of calvary for our sins and transgression. But His mission didn't end. On the third day, He rose again, that those who believe in Him and in what He has done on the cross might live and have everlasting life.


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