Living in a predominantly Roman Catholic country, we celebrate holy week this way:
- Palm Sunday. The moment you see people scamper to get their palms wet at the church yard, it’s Palm Sunday, the start of the holy week. 2. No meat week or seafoods galore. Resist eating burgers. Further, your subway sandwich should contain vegetables or tuna or crab stick-only. The funny thing about the no meat policy, the idea is to stave off meat cravings or to sacrifice your favorite meat preparations. However, instead of sacrifice, Filipinos buy and eat a lot of seafood-defeating the very purpose of no meat policy. I must admit, I am soo guilty of this.3. Visita Iglesia. This is known as the Seven churches visitation.This is an ancient Roman Catholic pious tradition which is usually done on Maundy Tuesday. There are two versions of the Visita Iglesia-one is you visit a church and pray the traditional stations of the cross or you visit seven churches praying short prayers every time. My family prefers the seven church pilgrimage including the meals in between-as long as it’s not meat.
4. Sacrament of Confession.This is the act of acknowledging some personal fact/s to a priest which a person would rather keep hidden.This is actually the hard part because some people would like to hold on to their guilt or too ashamed to confess.
5. Seven Last words. Because of this, I learned the significance of the 3:00 clock prayer. Because of this, I learned that Jesus died on the cross at 3:00 pm. For reference purposes, here they are:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”Gospel of Luke 23:34
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43
“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Gospel of John 19:26-27
“I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28
They put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished;”and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. Gospel of John 19:29-30
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”Gospel of Luke 23:46
6. Easter Sunday. Egg hunting yehey! Sunday is the last day of the Holy Week thus it should be happy. I know egg hunting is not the usual Filipino lenten tradition. But somehow I have managed to let my children experience easter egg hunting.Last year, I chose the theme Alice in Wonderland.Check out my decorations for the tea party.