Philippine churches prepare for Holy Week observance
Exhibitions and processions are the highlight of the celebrations
Images of the suffering Jesus are among those in exhibit in Manila's Chinatown district during the Lenten season. (Photo by Angie de Silva)
Philippine churches are being readied for the observance of Holy Week, a significant religious observance for the predominantly Catholic country that will start on April 9, Palm Sunday, this year.
Most communities observe Spanish-influenced Catholic rituals such as processions, church visits, and prayer marathons.
In Manila, a Lenten exhibit dubbed "Pasion Gloria," which features Filipino Lenten images from the 17th century to the present, opened at the Manila Cathedral this week.
The images depict events and persons connected to the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
"By looking at [the images], we are reminded of what Jesus did for us and for our salvation," said Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of Manila Cathedral.
In Manila's Chinatown district, church-run Radio Veritas opened a Lenten exhibit that features images and replicas depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ and images of the Virgin Mary.
Father Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, urged the public to visit the exhibit. "This is one of the good ways to commemorate the sacrifices of Jesus Christ for us," said the priest.
At the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila's Quiapo district, new features have been added to the church to help Lenten reflections.
Markers have been placed on every stop of the "Station of the Cross" to guided the faithful on the proper way of praying.
The statues of saints around the church also got a fresh touch of paint ahead of the Holy Week observance.
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