Philippine-English Community(フィリピン-英語 共同体)

The Holy Week in the Philippines is a significant religious observance for the country’s Roman Catholic majority. It begins on Palm Sunday and continues on through to Black Saturday. Throughout the Holy Week, many communities observe Catholic rituals such as processions with Jesus, Mother Mary, the apostles and many saints; recitation or chanting of the story of Passion; a stage or street play about the life and Passion of Jesus and visitation of the churches.
On Palm Sunday, worshipers bear ornately woven palm fronds to church for the blessing by the priest before or after the mass. Many Filipinos then bring the blessed palms home and place these on doors or on windows.
On Holy Monday, the Recollect Order in Manila holds its famous Procession of the Passion of Christ with its famous image, the miraculous Black Nazarene.
On Maundy Thursday, marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum
On Good Friday, parishes often setup stations in the town for believers to walk the Way of the Cross and preach the Seven Last Words of Jesus. Pahalik – a devotion that involves kissing an image of the dead body of Jesus is observed on this day in every church. The highlight of this day is the Santo Entierro – includes carriages with statues. The main carriage is an elaborate casket in which the body of Jesus can be seen laid out. Tradition dictates that the image of the Virgin Mary, dressed in black and gold as the mourning Mater Dolorosa, is always the final image in the procession.
On Easter, it typically begins with a pre-dawn celebration known as Salubong – wherein statues of the risen Christ and Mary are taken to meet one another with joy and celebration.
This Holy Week, let us all be reminded of God’s sacrifices and His undying love for us and that may we share it to everyone.