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Good Friday 2011

April 23, 2011 4 comments

Today is Good Friday. The family and I went to Sta. Mesa for the Prusisyon ng Santo Entierro, translated as Procession of the Holy Burial. Basically, it is a funeral procession where devotees carry the image of the deceased Christ. We woke up a bit late today but we still managed to make it in time for the event.

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Image of the Deceased Christ

The image of the deceased Christ

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Before the procession started, I took the liberty of taking photos of the other holy images that were included in the march.

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It took us exactly three hours to complete the route which started and ended at our parish, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church. It’s been a while since I joined a procession and it was a very nostalgic experience for me. I used to serve the church as an altar boy.

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The Altar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church

The altar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church

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After the long trek along the streets of Bacood, the people were asked to line up for the Pahalik sa Señor. The devotees venerate Christ by kissing his wounded hand. Once we had our turn, Ava and I decided to go home since it was already getting late and we still have a long drive home.

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Pahalik sa Señor

Believe it or not, this is what lining up means. I think we’re allergic to it.

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The celebration of the Holy Week is a very important event in a country where most people are born and raised as Catholics. I studied in Catholic schools all my life. I was taught that this was a time for reflection since this was the most significant element of our religion since Christ’s death and resurrection assures us of our own salvation.

On our way home, I realized that we don’t have to be Catholic or Christian to be able to reflect on the state of the intangible aspect of our being. Though I am Catholic, I believe we can never say that there is one true religion. However, I believe that there is one true God, the Creator of this universe and our limited perception of the nature of this entity as well as the cultural diversity of our race is the reason why there are so many versions of religion around. I prefer to think that two thousand years ago, a carpenter walked on the face of this earth and gave us an excellent idea on how life should be lived.

“He [God] still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name – wars, bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all religions. He said humanity took a good idea and like always, built a belief structure on it. I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier. Life should be malleable and progressive; working from idea to idea permits that. Beliefs anchor you to certain points and limit growth; new ideas can’t generate. Life becomes stagnant.” ~ Rufus the 13th Apostle, Dogma