It’s All About Holy Week

18 Mar

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I have been thinking of some fruitful (as far this coming holy week is concerned) things to do this coming Holy Week.
We all know that Holy Week is the time when we remember how and why Jesusdied for us. The most important thing, the Holy Week should remind us why Jesuswas crucified on the cross- everyday, we crucify him- yes.. every time when we make sins. That’s how much the Father and his Son love us.
So why not discern, think of our sins, and be sorry for them. Holy Week gives us the opportunity to repent all our sins in any way that we can. Repentance involves sacrifices. That is why some of us repent by doing things like Visita Iglesias; Cenaculos and Pabasas; flagellants are everywhere (as far as the Philippine culture is concerned) etc.
Also (for me), repentance is not all about these traditions and innovations. Repentance is all about you regretting and making sacrifices. When you know you have the sincere heart to ask for God’s forgiveness, you may atone silently, wherever you are, even if you stay at home. To be sorry for what you have sinned for is a simple act of sacrifice.
So what are your plans this coming Holy Week? How about my plans? hmm.. I’ll probably have a Visita Iglesia like what I did last year, I hope I’ll get my doctor’s approval. 🙂

Holy Week for Year 2010

  • Palm Sunday: March 28, 2010
  • Holy Wednesday: March 31, 2010
  • Holy Thursday: April 1, 2010
  • Good Friday: April 2. 2010
  • Black Saturday: April 3, 2010
  • Easter Sunday: April 4, 2010

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Vocabulary check:
“Flagellants” people who deal with Flagellation.
They scourge themselves in a somewhat paganistic manner considered medieval by many. This is done by stripping themselves naked from the waist up, walking barefooted under a midday sun and flagging themselves bloody with ropes and broken pieces of glass attached with strings to bamboo sticks. They do this as a means of atonement of their sins. It is a sort of retribution of their offenses and human weaknesses for past favor such as after going through some crisis or danger in their lives. This is commonly practiced in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Rizal and practically all over the Tagalog region. –http://www.thenewstoday.info/2006/04/12/holy.week.in.the.philippines.html
image source: http://www.churchyear.net/signorellicrucifixion.jpg

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