Tradisyon Tuwing Semana Santa

Tradisyon Tuwing Semana Santa

Tradisyon Tuwing Semana Santa

Malapit na  naman ang Semana Santa, ano-ano ang mga ginagawa nyo kapag nalalapit ang ganitong okasyon? From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, here's how the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe the Holy Week.


Palm Sunday

Linggo ng Palaspas sa tagalog.

In the morning of Palm Sunday, churches reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, days before his Passion on the cross.

In churches like the Mary Mirror of Justice Parish (MMJP) in Comembo, Makati City, for instance, a Palm Sunday celebration starts with a procession called latag or laying a thing (like a a cloth) on the floor. Pieces of cloth are laid on the priest's path as he makes his way to the church for Mass. Meanwhile, the parishioners wave their palaspas or palm fronds, which the priest blesses. The palm fronds are brought home by churchgoers.

Pabasa or the chanting in public of the Pasyon – a 16th to 17th century epic poem narrating the life of Jesus Christ from birth to resurrection – also begins during the Holy Week (or sometimes earlier in some areas).

Maririnig mo ito kalimitan kapag nasa probinsya ka kung saan inaawit nila ang buhay ni Kristo.

Maundy Thursday

Huwebes Santo.

Holy Thursday starts with the "Chrism mass," where the Chrism oil – used during baptism, confirmation rites, and the anointing of the sick – is blessed. Priests also renew their vows during the Chrism mass.

Later in the day, the priest officiates the Mass of the Lord's Supper, where he commemorates Jesus' Last Supper and performs the washing of the feet ritual with 12 people, like what Jesus did with his 12 apostles.

After the Mass, the altar is stripped bare, and church bells will not be rung until the Easter Vigil.

The Blessed Sacrament is then repositioned at the Altar of Repose, where the hosts (ostiya) for communion, consecrated during the Mass of the Lord's Supper, are placed.

Churchgoers can pray before these reposed hosts during their Visita Iglesia, the tradition of visiting nearby churches to do a vigil on the Blessed Sacrament

Isa ang Baranggay Kita-Kita, San Jose City Nueva Ecija sa nagkakarron ng penitensya simula Huwebes Santo kung saan naglalakad ang mga namamampalataya ng nakayapak sa kalsada habang pinapalo ang sarili  ng pamalo na gawa sa kawayan.

Penance or penitensya is the Filipino practice of self-discipline that is often considered a spiritual act. It’s usually depicted as something that’s severe and done in public. Men and women seeking forgiveness would use leather straps to hit themselves at the back, carry a cross through seven churches, or lie down in a scorching concrete pavement. Some would go further and get crucified on a cross. (


Good Friday

On Good Friday, parishioners go through the Stations of the Cross.

At noon, the church remembers Jesus' "Seven Last Words." Priests and select parishioners share lessons and reflections on each of the 7 expressions of Jesus Christ while on the cross.

At 3 pm, around the time Jesus was said to have died, the Veneration of the Holy Cross is observed.

Afterwards, the procession of the Santo Entierro – a wooden sculpture depicting the dead body of Christ – and other holy images is held.

Black Saturday

The church is in a state of mourning after Jesus' death. The cross over the altar remains covered by a black cloth. (Some parishes cover the cross for the entire Lenten season or from Ash Wednesday, while others do it only from Palm Sunday.)

The Easter Vigil commences at night. The Paschal candle – representing the resurrected Christ, the light of the world – is lit at the start of the vigil. Adults and children may also receive the sacrament of baptism during the vigil.

Easter Sunday

The culmination of the Holy Week is full of rejoicing, as Catholics commemorate Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Early morning of Easter Sunday, parishioners perform what is called a salubong (a form of meeting or welcoming someone).

Usually, groups of men and women have separate processions, with the men accompanying an image or statue of the risen Christ, while the women have the image of the Virgen Maria Alegria or the Virgin of Joy.

Their paths converge in front of the church, reenacting the reunion of Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary. The Easter Mass follows, ending the obsevance of Holy Week

Source: Rappler




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