HOLY WEEK – Listed here are the 5 traditions Filipino devotees still follow to commemorate the Holy Week.
The majority of the population in the Philippines are Roman Catholic. The devotees always take time to celebrate any activities in the church.
Among the most celebrated events is the “Semana Santa” or “Mahal Na Araw.” It is a whole week celebration where Catholic rituals are done.
Filipino Roman Catholic devotes commemorate the passion and triumph of their Lord Jesus Christ.
Aside from that, the also observe fasting, procession, and others to remember the sacrifices of Jesus. The Lenten Season is second only to the birth of Christ which is Christmas.
Here are the 5 traditions of Filipino devotees still follow to commemorate the “Semana Santa” presented by Good News Pilipinas:
The Visita Iglesia or Church Visitation is the tradition of Filipino devotees where they visit seven (7) churches while saying their prayers. Roman Catholic devotees go with their families to reflect on their lives.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
This practice helps the Filipino devotees understand and experience the sacrifices and suffering of Jesus Christ.
PABASA NG PASYON
Reading or Chanting of the Passion or “Pabasa” is an activity for the whole community. Devotees gather to sing and chant the words of Jesus Christ during the passion.
WASHING OF THE FEET
The washing of the feet is a ritual that is done on Thursday of the “Semana Santa.” Several clergies gather in a mass service to wash the feet of the Roman Catholic devotees.
This activity is done at dawn. It is a reenactment of the meeting of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary. The “Salubong” of the statues of Jesus and Mary happens on the Easter Sunday.
Based on the report, Filipino devotees would carry this tradition wherever country they are.
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