Friday, March 29, 2013

Holy Week 2013 : Christ As Our Guiding Light



"The solemn observance of the 'Good Friday' and 'Black Saturday' is a message that Christ has died to save the sins of humanity. This is the centering thought of the Holy Week and this is a call to follow Christ  to lead and be the guiding light in our lives forever."



The last week of the Lenten season is the highlight in commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the past 40 days, we have observed liturgical events that are significant in understanding the life story of Christ on His suffering, crucifixion and ascension to heaven. We started the Lent on the ash Wednesday with the message of  Embracing Christ in Our Lives. On this day we begin our journey by following the path of Jesus and emulating the virtues that He has taught.

Every year, the observance of the Lent gives us a unique perspective about life as we reflect on ourselves. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our misconduct and to have the act of repentance. This lead us to achieve peace of mind and opens our heart to give more time for self-ministry in the fulfillment of our 'life purpose'. 



Last Sunday, Christians celebrated the Lord's coming by waving palm leaves to welcome the great 'Rabbi'. The event symbolizes humility when Christ came in the crowd riding a donkey. This would remind us to practice the virtue that we must serve everyone selflessly with all our strength. 

On this year's Holy Week, I have been observing it in a non-dominant Christian world. It may be a different experience, yet my devotion and faith is strengthened in a solitary moment of contemplation. This is the right time to know thyself and be with Christ's loving presence. 


My observance of  Holy Week 2012  is meaningful and memorable as I have seen fellow Christians of a different nationality expressed their faith in Christ. Though we may have different culture, still we are united in faith before Christ. It was a great Lenten experience since I have visited some of the Churches that are famous among Christian devotees. 


In the Philippines where Christianity dominates, the faithful would have an extraordinary observance of the Holy Week, especially during Good Friday. Some would perform the religious tradition called 'Senakulo' which reenacts the passion and death of Jesus. Some men would even allow themselves to be crucified to experience the suffering of Jesus and with the belief that their sins would be forgiven. Other traditions include, 'Visita Iglesia' or to visit different churches and pilgrimage sites and offer a prayer. The old way of reciting a prayer with a melody that is called 'Pasyon' is still practiced by devotees. 


On the Good Friday, there is the 'Seven Last Words' that is celebrated in a holy mass. It offers a deeper understanding of the passion of Christ and his last words until his death in the cross. The solemn observance of the 'Good Friday' and 'Black Saturday' is a message that Christ has died to save the sins of humanity. This is the centering thought of the Holy Week and this is a call to follow Christ  to lead and be the guiding light in our lives forever.



© 2013 Del Cusay





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