The Holy Week, as the name clearly shows, is a week that should be, well, holy. So for Christians who went up to Baguio City for the long vacation, the least that could be done to observe the spirit of the Holy Week is to go to mass. Continue reading St. Joseph the Worker Church (Baguio City)
The Holy Week, Good Friday in particular, is one of the most sacred times in the Philippines, the only predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia. At 3:00 p.m. of Holy Friday, Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind, according to the belief of Catholics. Continue reading Flagellants and Good Friday in the Philippines
Today is Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspaas), an event which commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also ushers in the Holy Week (Semana Santa), which is significant even to non-Catholics because of two national holidays, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which, in conjunction with Araw ng Kagitingan, results to a 5-day long weekend this year 2012 (see also list of 2012 holidays). Continue reading Celebrating Linggo ng Palaspas (Palm Sunday) in the Philippines
Some have been complaining about the reversal of the holiday economics. Just a few long weekends for those contemplating vacations. April 2012 brings a a five-day extra long weekend in April 2012. Continue reading Vacation Time: Prepare for the 5-day Long Weekend in April 2012
During today’s breakfast, we suddenly found ourselves discussing what’s good in “Good Friday” when this is the day that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross. The same question could be asked of the other days of Holy Week. Why does the Holy Week start with a Palm Sunday? Why is it called Maundy Thursday? Why do we call it Black Saturday? What’s the origin of the Easter Sunday? Why do we simply call the rest of the week Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday? Continue reading Why is it called Good Friday (and Maundy Thursday, Black Saturday, Easter Sunday)?
The Roman Catholic Church reiterates that Holy Week is a time for prayer and reflection, and not for picnics and beach parties, notes a recent news. The declared national regular holidays in April 21 (Maundy Thursday) and April 22 (Good Friday), as well as the special non-working holiday in April 23 (Black Saturday, per Proclamation 150) highlight the importance of the Holy Week in the Philippines. Just how would you spend your time during the Holy Week? Continue reading How Would you Spend the Holy Week?