Holy Week in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Holy Week in the Philippines


Pope Francis marks 'Easter of solitude' in coronavirus lockdown

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,' the Pope says inside the cavernous but near empty Saint Paul's Cathedral

NEAR EMPTY. This photo taken and handout on April 12, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (center) deliver his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. Handout photo/Vatican Media/AFP

LIVE: Easter Sunday 2020 - Mass with Pope Francis

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass led by Pope Francis at 5 pm, Manila time, on Easter Sunday

IN PHOTOS: Churchgoers 'present' despite empty pews on Easter 2020

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:38 PM

From drive-by processions to photos of parishioners taped on church pews, here is how Filipinos celebrated Easter in the time of COVID-19

SIGN OF HOPE. While parishioners have to stay home, churches remain the focal point of Easter Sunday on April 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Stories and dreams: Easter in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:03 AM

We can rebuild from the ruins. We can rebuild with one another.

EASTER SUNDAY. Residents pray and look on during an Easter procession at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Dare we not speak of Easter

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us

FERVENT PRAYER. A devotee prays at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Bulacan on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the nation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Finding the risen Christ

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:32 PM

We participate in Christ's resurrection if we desire not just to be saved from COVID-19 but to help in saving people from this disease

VIA CRUCIS. A devotee does the Stations of the Cross or Via Crucis inside the San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City on Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Easter Vigil Mass with Ateneo president Fr Jett Villarin, SJ

Apr 11, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Easter Vigil Mass with Fr Jett Villarin, SJ, at 8 pm on Saturday

[REFLECTIONS] Easter hope rises from the depths of the pandemic

Apr 11, 2020 - 3:07 PM

For those who have faith, death is not the end of life but marks the beginning of another journey. It is when life is transformed, and all of life’s sorrows are converted into a passage into another realm.

12-year-old boy makes own tableaux display for 'palibot'

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:37 PM

John Maeson Navarro creates the statues displayed in their barangay in Abra

LIVE: Good Friday 2020 with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Good Friday service with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at 9 pm

[REFLECTIONS] Silence is the language of love

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Beyond this pandemic and unto life everlasting, may our only regret and sadness be that we have not loved enough

HOLY WEEK. A Catholic devotee prays inside the San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City on Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Good Friday 2020 with Archbishop Soc Villegas

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Celebration of the Lord's Passion with Archbishop Socrates Villegas at 2 pm on Good Friday

IN PHOTOS: Catholics get creative in 1st Holy Week under quarantine

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:52 PM

This Holy Week, what used to be done inside jam-packed churches have been brought out into the empty streets

'HEAR US.' Devotees solemnly pray before the closed gates of Quiapo Church in Manila on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, as Luzon remains on lockdown due to COVID-19. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] The good about Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We are called by God to uphold justice and protect the least, the last, and the lost during this time of crisis

[REFLECTIONS] Panlaban sa virus

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David draws Holy Week reflections from a recent Rappler report about a COVID-19 frontliner who herself contracted the dreaded disease

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[REFLECTIONS] A lot of good will come out of this period

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There is goodness everywhere now even in the middle of great sadness. And there is so much faith and full dependence on the One who sees everything.

IN PHOTOS: Coronavirus empties Holy Week destination Baguio City

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The local tourism industry's losses amount to around P375 million for the month of April, an estimate based only on the economy above ground. A big chunk of tourism revenue is an underground economy.

Deserted this Holy Week. The COVID pandemic has completely transformed the country's summer capital of the Philippines from a usually bustling tourist center into a ghost town, particularly at the Burnham Park Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LIVE: Maundy Thursday 2020 - Mass with Bishop Ambo David

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass with Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David at 5 pm on Maundy Thursday

[REFLECTIONS] Do it best by doing nothing

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:00 PM

This quarantine invites us to celebrate Passover as God originally commanded it. Stay inside. Let God be God as He passes by.

Ilocos Sur prays to a miraculous Crucified Christ to save world from coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Apo Lakay, espalen na kami!' Ilocos Sur residents beg the Señor Santo Cristo Milagroso de Sinait, or 'Apo Lakay', for the same miracle he brought the province 400 years ago

Ilocos Sur Holy Cross. Photo from PIO- Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur

Observe Holy Week from home with this virtual stations of the cross

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Keep up with your Holy Week traditions from the safety of your own home

HOLY WEEK FROM HOME. Catholics can observe the Stations of the Cross through a virtual walkway by Without Walls Ministries. Photo courtesy of Bonifacio High Street

[REFLECTIONS] Why do we suffer?

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Let us not focus on the suffering, but on what we can do to alleviate it

[REFLECTIONS] We need to think and re-think our theology

Apr 08, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Today, we are challenged by John in his letter: 'We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another'

LIST: Restaurants, food delivery services, recipes for Holy Week

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:30 PM

For Catholics observing Lent, here are a few seafood options to consider for the Holy Week

[REFLECTIONS] Holy Week and COVID-19: Embracing uncertainty

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:17 PM

We cannot and must not escape this reality of uncertainty. We have to face it, pray over it, and wrestle with it – and perhaps let go of the need to know why.

[REFLECTIONS] Business temporarily closed: Jesus, what now?

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:39 PM

It was like God was telling me: 'Kirk, you guys claim that your business is about me, that everything you do is for me. Put your money where your mouth is.'

[REFLECTIONS] Faith in the risen Jesus amid the coronavirus

Apr 06, 2020 - 9:57 PM

It is clearly not the powerful and influential in society that we must attend to but those who are weak and vulnerable

LIST: Cebu and Davao supermarket schedules, Holy Week 2020

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Check out the list of store hours for certain areas in Visayas and Mindanao

[REFLECTIONS] When no one will say 'I am sick'

Apr 06, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The Bible offers comforting answers to questions we have in this time of global pandemic

LIST: Metro Manila supermarket schedules, Holy Week 2020

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Check out schedules here

Shoppers at a mall grocery practice social distancing while shopping for food provisions and cleaning implements during the covid-19 enhanced community quarantine on March 27, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Close to their flock, at a distance: Priests find ways to bless 'palaspas'

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:35 PM

'Let it be a statement of hope: There is going to be new life, new creation, after COVID-19,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PALM SUNDAY. Carmelite priest Father Gilbert Billena blesses the palm fronds of residents in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, as Masses remain suspended on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Don’t get tired of waving your palms

Apr 05, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God

Catholics in quarantine mark first online Holy Week

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

‘There is still the Holy Week but we celebrate it differently, and hopefully, more deeply,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila

Parishioners of St. Peter Parish in Quezon City pray in front of a cross outside the church on April 4, 2020, as the parish distributes palm fronds for free on the eve of the start of the Holy Week. Celebration inside the church is not allowed since the start of the enhanced community quarantine to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Holy Week 2020: Mass readings for Palm Sunday

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Palm Sunday 2020

[REFLECTIONS] Look out for the loneliest amid the pandemic – Pope Francis

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.

SHEPHERD. This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis giving his blessing over an empty Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, after his streamed Angelus prayer, on March 15, 2020. Photo by Vatican Media/AFP

WATCH: Stations of the Cross 2020

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:22 PM

St Pauls Philippines takes the faithful through the Way of the Cross in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur

[REFLECTIONS] Turning the coronavirus crisis into opportunity

Apr 04, 2020 - 11:59 AM

A spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, gives us a piece of advice to overcome negative emotions: Live in the now


Apr 03, 2020 - 12:16 PM

We must have the courage to declare with hope: We are Christians. We believe in happy endings. If it’s not yet happy, then it’s not yet the end.

[REFLECTIONS] Glimpses of God’s presence amid a pandemic

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Good Friday may have come too soon for us, but in hope we will experience Easter

DOLE allows firms to defer giving holiday pay for Holy Week

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Payment of holiday pay for April 9, 10, and 11 can be deferred until 'the normal operations of the establishment [are] in place'

HOLIDAY PAY. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The bishops' conference releases additional guidelines for Lenten season amid COVID-19 epidemic, including no touching of the cross

DEVOTION. People wear face mask while praying after attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020 as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Tagle on Palm Sunday 2019: Follow humble leaders

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warns against the 'more attractive' tendency to follow the high and mighty

HUMILITY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral on April 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Environment group gives tips for 'trash-free' Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Here are some tips from EcoWaste Coalition on observing an eco-friendly Holy Week this year

READY FOR PALM SUNDAY. Vendors at Santo Nino de Tondo Parish start making palms in preparation for Palm Sunday. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Here are the dates and areas where heavy traffic buildup is expected during this year's observance of Holy Week

Marinduque high school students win Battle of the Morions

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The Battle of the Morions, or Moryonan, aims to encourage towns and schools to train the new generation in making morions and costumes

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Holy Week 2018: Mass readings for Easter Vigil

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Here is the set of readings in Catholic churches around the world for Easter Vigil 2018