Observance Of Silence On Good Friday- One Filipino Tradition

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In Philippine rural areas, people are encouraged to turn off their radios and televisions on Good Friday that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Through this complete silence, it is believed that people will be able to communicate with God through devotional prayer.

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ALTAR OF  REPOSE

A day before the death of Jesus Christ which is the Holy Thursday. Devotees will commemorate Jesus Last Supper through the  Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper. Also, the priest will performs the washing of the feet ritual with 12 people like what Jesus did with his disciples.After the Mass, the altar will be stripped bare and the church bell will not be rung until the Easter vigil.

The Blessed sacrament will be repositioned at the Altar of Repose where the hosts consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper  are placed.

After hearing the Mass, churchgoers can pray these reposed during the Visita Iglesia . A Filipino Lenten tradition where people can visit  seven or fourteen churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday, some people will go through the Station of the Cross.  Later in the day, the church remember Jesus’s “Seven Last Word” where priest share their reflections on each 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.

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

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Santo Entierro:Which means the Holy Burial.The image of the dead Jesus Christ. This the most important character in the Byernes Santo or Good Friday street procession.

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Some of the important characters during the Holy Burial Procession.

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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.

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La Mujer Veronica: Saint Veronica was a pious woman of Jerusalem in the first century AD, according to Catholic Tradition.

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Maria Magdalena or Mary Magdalene, literally translated as Mary the Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.

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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.


In some churches in the country, it is followed by the procession of La Soledad, which means a sorrowful mother dressed in black that is  grieving.

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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.

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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

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