2 popular Manila churches feature activities for Holy Week observance
Posted: 2017-Mar-21 11.53.46 UTC+0800
MANILA — With more than three weeks before the Holy Week, two of the most popular Catholic churches in the country have prepared activities in observance of the annual event of Filipino Christians.
According to Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception otherwise known as Manila Cathedral, the activities for the Holy Week have started with the Lenten exhibit which features Filipino Lenten images from the 17th century to the present.
The public display entitled, "Pasion Gloria" opened last March 19 and will run until April 2, Mondays to Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
"The images depict the events of and persons connected to the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. By looking at them, we are reminded of what Jesus did for us and for our salvation," he said.
On the other hand, the Quiapo church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, is encouraging the public to join its activities during the Lenten Season.
The minor basilica is giving out pilgrim booklets to the people, pilgrims have to get the four boxes, representing religious happenings, stamped, that signifies they have accomplished them.
Aside from the booklets, markers with the prayers have been placed under each of the 14 stations of the cross inside the church, so that the faithful need not bring their station of the cross booklets, since they just recite the prayers on the markers.
Likewise, the statues of the saints outside the minor basilica have been repainted.
The 40-day Lenten Season started on Ash Wednesday which falls on March 1 while the Holy Week begins on April 9, Palm Sunday, and ends on April 16, Easter Sunday. (PNA)