Iloilo, Philippines: Good Friday Celebration Prompts Personal Reflection
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Iloilo, Philippines: Good Friday Celebration Prompts Personal Reflection

It’s been 2 years now since the people here in Iloilo haven’t had a proper Easter Triduum the way they would wish to due to the COVID-19 restrictions. However, we thank God that cases have dropped considerably and the restrictions lifted. Yesterday, I joined in the celebrations at San Lorenzo Ruiz parish, which was founded…

Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion
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Philippines: ‘Pabása ng Pasyón’ – Reading of the Passion

The “Pabasa ng Pasyon,” literally the “Reading of the Passion,” is a Christian devotion in the Philippines, especially during the Holy Week. It is the uninterrupted chanting of the Pasyón, an early 16th-century epic poem narrating the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Readers are usually groups of individuals taking turns in chanting…

Celebrating the Passion of the Lord
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Celebrating the Passion of the Lord

The busiest afternoon of the year for Catholic churches is that of Good Friday. People throng to participate in a liturgy entitled,  ‘Celebration of the Passion of the Lord’. The mood for this celebration is set by three readings from Scripture, which invite us to meet the Lord Jesus under three aspects: as Servant, as…

Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries
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Sabah, Malaysia: Pilgrimage in Honour of Pioneering Missionaries

Malaysian Catholics have participated in a special pilgrimage during Lent to honor missionaries who brought and nurtured Catholic faith in northern Borneo in the 19th century. Some 50 Catholics from Blessed Sacrament Church in Labuan in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, including parish priest Father Thomas Madanan, joined the pilgrimage despite scorching summer sun on April…

Maundy Thursday
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Maundy Thursday

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) published a collection of 29 short pieces in 1611: Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia. 9 pieces each for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, with a psalm and a hymn as an added bonus. GESUALDO // Feria Quinta, Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday: II. Tristis est anima mea…

Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women
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Philippines: A Heart-Rending Holy Week Reflection on the Fate of Numerous Filipino Women

On the first Good Friday, Jesus was condemned, persecuted, made to carry the Cross, ridiculed, whipped, fell three times, met his mother, helped by Simon to carry the cross, wiped by Veronica, stripped of his garments.  His ordeal was a glaring demonstration of abuse of authority and power and of the callousness of those who participated…

‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation
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‘She Anointed the Feet of Jesus’ – an Imaginative Contemplation

It was just then I heard the voice in my heart say: ‘It’s time.’ It was time. He might not know it yet … but I did. I stood and fetched the oil of nard my inner voice had had me save all these years for him. I prayed. I wrapped a towel around my…

The Passion According to Saint Luke
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The Passion According to Saint Luke

Try to imagine yourself as an educated member of the Roman Empire reading Luke’s account of the birth, life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, and at the end asking Luke: ‘If all that you write is true about the character and the behaviour and teaching of this good man who claimed to be a…

Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers
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Pope Video April 2022: For Health Care Workers

It is going to take us a long time to forget the pandemic. May we not forget some of the things it has taught us, either. On one hand, there is “the self-giving and generosity of health care workers, volunteers, support staff, priests, and religious men and women.” On the other, there’s the importance of…