holy week procession
holy week traditions
Where do you plan to spend your Holy Week or Semana Santa
March 28, 2009 7:43pm CST
Holy Week or Semana Santa is one of the most celebrated religious event in our country. A week is spend in remembering the last few days of Jesus. A lot of religious people thin ks that it is the time to think and reflect on their life. How do you spend it? This year Holy Week starts on April 5 and ends on Easter Sunday which is on April 12. Do you knw what are the traditions during this time? Let me refresh you a bit: April 5, Sunday, this is the day where we reenact the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem. It is called Palm Sunday. People rush in to church with palms or young coconut leaves, singing and waving the leaves as the priest pass them and bless their leaves. This is one of my favorite day during the Holy week. This not only show how religious we are but also show how talented Filipinos can be. Can you just imagine the creatures and artistic images done using young coconut leaves? Monday and Tuesday, there is not much emphasis on the importance of this day. Well as you know, e still have office work during Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday. If there is thing I can remember that gives a bit of respect to this days, it is Eat Bulaga's Holy Week presentation every year. LOL Holy Wednesday. In our province, Holy Wednesday is the day where a procession is held. A carozzas filled with flowers were in procession. This carrozzas hold a life size images and scenes form the Passion of Christ. Our family is included in this procession. My grandmother is taking care of the image of Christ while he was praying at the Garden of Gethsemane. My family would be busy preparing the carozzas. There are more than 40 floats in procession. I think one of the more famous place for this is Bulacan. They have the grandest carozzas and images. Maundy Thursday. From my childhood, I remember this day as the washing of the feet of the Apostles. In a nearby church we can watch the reenactment of this. It is also the time where people church hop or known as Visita Iglesias. There is also an activity in Antipolo where people walk from their place to Antipolo. I have seen that last year. Thursday night as we drove out of the city, I have seen a lot of people walking towards Antipolo. Have you experienced that? You can also see a lot of people doing their sacrifice. I have seen people hurting their backs, some carrying the cross. Good Friday. Now this day is one of my favorite. At 3 PM in the afternoon, they say, is the time when Jesus died. And so a lot of beliefs this time. One is that you cannot take a bath after 3 PM, sounds weird eh? I remember an incident when I took bath after 3PM and an earthquake hit our place, I know it is coincidental, but I just can't forget that incident. It was so funny.In some places people make a stage play re enacting the crucifixion. I never seen one. I don't have the courage to watch it. Then there is again a procession of carozzas but this time afloat is added. The one carrying the dead body of Jesus. I also love the Pabasa or the readings of the Passion of Christ in musical way. We sometimes go around town watching the oldies sing their hearts out. Some people even playfully sung it in pop tunes. I hope that younger generation could learn how t sing it nicely. It is one of the traditions that is fading over time. Black Saturday is believed to be the time where Jesus is still dead. Before we used to have an outing during this day, but realizing that we should not, we stopped. My favorite part of this day is the mass on the afternoon. You know when the first fire is lighted. It is so grand! I can still remember how overwhelmed I felt during this masses. There would be a bonfire in front of the church and then the priest would bless the candles and some water. It was also said that when judgment time comes, it is the candles that are blessed during Black Saturday are the ones that can be lighted. Ok that one, I don;t believe.. LOL Easter Sunday is also on of the best. Sunday dawn, we call it Salubong. It is a re enactment of Mary and Jesus seeing each other again. I really really love watching this show. In a crossing road, they would set up a stage. From the other side, an image of Mary with black veil will come, from the other side an image of the resurrection of Christ will meet her. Just before they meet or just in time when their floats met, an angel will come down and will take Mary;s black veil. Isn't that grand? I am so proud on how artistic Filipinos can be. A good family outing will mark this week. On Easter Sunday most families head on the beach and celebrate the resurrection of Christ and or for some, the last day to have a summer blast. [b] So this coming week? where will you be heading? Are you gonna hunt down some young coconut leaves for the Palaspas? Or are you gonna watch the processions? Go church hopping, visiting churches? Walk in Antipolo? Come on guys I want to know [/b]
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29 Mar 09
hi pehpot! long time no see When I was a kid, we do Visita Iglesia, and attend different programs at the Church, like 7 last words, Last supper, etc. Now that I am separated with my family, we usually walk to Antipolo every Thursday. That is my Husband's family tradition. So probably this Thursday we will walk again to Antipolo. But we do not carry cross the rest of the week will be spent at home. take care
29 Mar 09
LOL yeah I am quite busy with my blog (http://pehpot.blogspot.com/) drop by if you have time.. oh really you experienced walking from Rosario to Antipolo? Isn't that tiring? But when we saw people walking even as far from Greenhills, I think they enjoyed it that much.
29 Mar 09
No disrespect to your religion, but i really have no idea about this kind of clebration at all, especially in singapore.. hehe ^_^ I'm not a christian and even though i have frenz whom are so, but i have not heard them mentioning about such things.. hehe ^_^ Is that the custom over at your side?? If so, i guess it should be quite fun too due to the passion all of u shared for your religion ^_^ hehe
29 Mar 09
Hi Phepot! You've talked about the traditional way of spending the Semana Santa which is very common here in the country especially in the provinces. Well I am not spending the Holy Week in that way. In the church we will be having a one day "Seven Sayings" where 7 Preachers will preach and explain what the 7 sayings of Jesus Christ really mean. Then on the actual Holy Week we have lined up a retreat to go to a beach in Batangas for our year church retreat. For my family we are going for a 3 day stay at Boracay. This is the 3rd time I'd be going to Boracy and this place never fail to enchant me.
• United States
29 Mar 09
Hello pehpot! Wow! What you said above are the traditional ways of celebrating holy week which we still follow until today. I planned to go hom to our hometown and celebrate there with my family than here because usually during this season, there are many people in the church especially in the cities like where I am today (davao city) that it's hard for me to concentrate.
30 Mar 09
Holy Week is a busy week for me. On Saturday AM joining the walk of faith of EL SHADDAI from PICC to Sucat with the palaspas and candles. This walk help participants recovered from sickness and for their prayer requests be answered. On Sunday, Palm Sunday had to attend mass and for the palaspas blessings. Monday, Tuesday just at home and do some bible reading, Wednesday to attend novena and mass at Baclaran church. On maudy Thursday to attend vigil, mass at the family appointment with EL SHADDAI,for healing and prayer rally, while on Good Friday, at home will be viewing the Seven Last Words and proceed to Pasay for procession. On Saturday, will go over night at El Shaddai, hear mass and listen to the words of God, hear testimonials, sing spiritual songs of praises and worship. An easter mass follows Sunday morning. I miss however the Pabasa on holy week and Salubong at dawn of Easter at the province and I remember when my husband still living during maudy Thursday we, his friends and wives always go to Paombog Bulacan, riding in motorcycles from Manika just to witness hundreds of people doing scrifices in renactment of the crucifixion, and witnessing the nailing to the cross of a woman. Those were the activities I missed during the holy week before. Now, however in between these hectic schedules, still I find time to visit other churches as a Visita Iglesia. On Easter Sunday, Resurrection, is the most rejoicing day, the family goes swimming or just stay at home cook delicious food for lunch for the family and relatives.
29 Mar 09
Holy week is the week to go on retreat if you have been working hard- a respite from the busy office work. For Filipinos it is a religious affair and there maybe varied ways to spend the whole week. I think the best way is to spend the week with your family- some trips that will bring you closer together and to God. You have enumearted some practices which I believe is a very Filipino being a majority catholic in religion.
29 Mar 09
I love the fact that Filipinos are religious and they always keep the tradition no matter how many generations pass. I like the Holy Week, first off, I get the days off, it's pretty much a long holiday that I could relax. Second, I like it when I have to meditate and be quiet at one side and reflect on things and focus my thoughts with God. Now, every Holy Week most people take their breaks off and go on a vacation rather spare time with our God.. Well, I'm not really a religious type of person, I get to forget God sometimes.. But I try to keep Him in me as much as I can.. Maybe this Holy Week, I'd stay home if there's no holiday work for me, but if not, probably I'll be having my training.. Either way, I'm cool, as long as I have the thought of God is always with me.
• United States
29 Mar 09
In USA only some religions have that much celebration at Easter. For most of us it's the celebration of Spring. The school children are given a week off and many families take a small vacation at this time. Going to visit your country would be a wonderful thing to do.
29 Mar 09
Holy Thursday and Good Friday are spent just like any normal day but we go to church for the service. Then Black Saturday, I don't know yet but last year we went swimming because beaches during Easter Sunday are always full and crowded. easter Sunday, there's Sunrise service and a regular church service then there's the easter egg hunting but last year there was no donation of eggs at church LOL and the children were wondering and very eager but to their dismay there was no egg hunting. the eggs present were already boiled but not colored and were among the breakfast fare during the easter morning breakfast. This Holy week I just hope everybody will have a wonderful and meaningful celebration whatever their tradition and interpretation of the celebration.