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Bishop urges Filipino Catholics to use Holy Week for prayer rather than vacation

Hundreds of Catholics visit the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Paranaque, Baclaran on Palm Sunday (Photo by DZRH Noche Cacas)

A bishop urged Filipino Catholics to join the activities in their parishes, and ‘enter into the spirit of reflection and prayer’ during the Holy Week rather than use the holidays to take a vacation.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo stressed that the Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday, April 14, and lasts until Easter Sunday, April 21, has many religious activities that seeks to remind the people ‘of God’s marvelous actions for our salvation’.

Pabillo said that these religious practices are centered on Jesus Christ, and seeks to awaken the faith in people ‘which may have become dormant during the rest of the year.

The bishop added that these activities vividly present the Paschal Mystery of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

All Christians participate in the Paschal Mystery by their baptism. We too die and rise with Jesus. This indeed is our Christian life, dying to our old self so that the new self, patterned after Jesus, may now be our life,” Pabillo said.

All these celebrations give us joy because we firmly believe that no matter how dark our situation may be, light will ultimately come. Life triumphs over death. Goodness overcomes evil, and truth outlasts falsehood,” Pabillo added.

Meanwhile, as the Filipino community celebrates Palm Sunday, Pabillo reminds the public that the event commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ, as a humble king, to Jerusalem while riding a donkey.

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