Holy Week 2016

Stories, reflections, and Philippine traditions in observance of the Lenten season

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I - Jesus is condemned to death

“Pilate said to Jesus, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (Jn 18: 37)

*The Church of San Carlos Borromeo in Mahatao, Batanes

II - Jesus takes up his cross

“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha” (Jn 19: 17)

*The Santa Monica Church in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

III - Jesus falls the first time

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest... For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt 11: 28, 30)

*The Santa Maria de Assunta Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur.

IV - Jesus meets his Mother

“When Jesus saw his Mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his Mother, 'Woman, behold your son.' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold your Mother'” (Jn 19: 26-27)

*Barasoain Church (also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish)

V - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross

“And as they led Jesus away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus” (Lk 23: 26)

*The Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Maragondon, Cavite

VI - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

“God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor 4: 6)

*Facade of the Immaculate Conception Church in Balayan, Batangas

VII - Jesus falls the second time

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pt 2: 24)

*Taal Basilica (San Martin de Tours) in Taal, Batangas

VIII - Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem, who weep for him

“There followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children'” (Lk 23: 27-28)

*The San Ildefonso Parish Church in Tanay, Rizal

IX - Jesus falls the third time

“You are those who have continued with me in my trials; and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom” (Lk 22: 28-30)

*The Church of San Pedro de Alcantara in Pakil, Laguna

X - Jesus is stripped of his garments

“So they said to one another: 'Let us not tear it, but casts lots for it to see whose it shall be.' This was to fulfil the scripture, 'They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. So the soldiers did this” (Jn 19: 24)

*The Basilica Minore de San Miguel Arcangel in Tayabas, Quezon

XI - Jesus is nailed to the cross

“There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, 'Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews'” (Jn 19: 18-19)

*The Church of San Juan Bautista in Tabaco, Bicol

XII - Jesus dies on the cross

“When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, 'It is finished'; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (Jn 19: 30)

*The St. Anne's Parish in Molo, Iloilo

XIII - Jesus is taken down from the cross and given to his Mother

“One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness – his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth – that you also may believe” (Jn 19: 34-35)

*Carcar Church (also known as St. Catherine's Church) in Cebu

XIV - Jesus is placed in the tomb

“They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews” (Jn 19: 40)

*The Church of San Isidro Labrado in Lazi, Siquijor