The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims in the Philippines! – Part 2

Good Friday – “Biyernes Santo”
The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death, in the Philippines, we also called it Senakulo. It is also the day of fasting, where you can only eat a small regular meal. I grew up with the tradition where we are also are not allowed to take a bath after 3:00pm (15:00) in the afternoon.

Some provinces celebrate this by Crucifying themselves or “Senakulo” – a reenactment of the passion of Christ. Some people disagree about this because Jesus already paid for our sins and these acts might cause them to believe differently

Here’s a sample video of how the Philippine Crucifixions occur:

Mass for the commemoration of Jesus’ Seven Last Words

An Activity after the Seven last word

An Activity after the Seven last word

Holy Saturday – “Sabado de Gloria”, Black Saturday”, “The Great Sabbath” or “Easter Eve”

This is the day where we reminisce over Jesus Christ’s body being laid in the tomb. It’s also the preperation for the Easter Vigil. In Eastern Orthodox culture, it’s called The Great Sabbath because it’s the only day where Jesus Christ rested in a tomb. Holy Saturday lasts until dusk or until the sun goes down and then Easter prayers start. A Blessing of Fire and Water is held at 6:00pm.

Easter Sunday – “Salubong”, “Resurrection Day”, “Linggo ng Pagkabuhay”

At exactly 4:00pm (16:00) a “Salubong” Ceremony is held in Catholic Churches. It’s the central feast for Jesus Christ who lived, died, and then rose again after the 3rd day of his cruxifixion. It’s also the most important mass/liturgy of the year.

See: The Holy Week (Mahal na Araw) and “Alay Lakad” Pilgrims in the Philippines! – Part 1

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