Journey of Faith: A Filipino's Holy Week Reflections πŸŒŸπŸ™

Journey of Faith: A Filipino's Holy Week Reflections πŸŒŸπŸ™

Hey there! πŸ™

We’re in the midst of observing Holy week there's a palpable sense of anticipation in the air that envelops the Philippines. ✨

For us, Filipinos, this week isn't just another seven days passing by; it's a deeply spiritual journey, a time to reflect on the profound sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and to partake in centuries-old customs that bind us together in faith and tradition. β›ͺ

It all begins on Palm Sunday, a day of jubilation and reverence. Amidst a sea of faithful believers, we waved our palaspas, woven palm fronds blessed by the priest, in a symbolic reenactment of Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. 🌿 It's a simple yet profound gesture that marks the start of Holy Week for many of us.

Throughout the week, fasting becomes a common practice, a tangible way to honor Jesus's sacrifices.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat, and many Catholics opt to fast from food altogether. It's a solemn reminder of the selflessness embodied by Christ during his time of trial. 😌

One tradition that my grandmothers always partake in is the "Pabasa ng Pasyon," 🎢 a communal chanting of the epic poem narrating Jesus's life, passion, death, and resurrection. It's a hauntingly beautiful experience, gathering with fellow believers to recite ancient verses that have been passed down through generations. πŸ‘΄πŸ‘΅πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Maundy Thursday brings with it a sense of solemnity as we attend the Chrism mass, witnessing the blessing of the Chrism oil used in sacred rites.

Later, we participate in the Mass of the Lord's Supper, where the washing of the feet ritual serves as a poignant reminder of Jesus's humility and love for humanity. πŸ‘£πŸ’ž

Good Friday is perhaps the most somber day of Holy Week. We walk the Stations of the Cross, β›ͺ meditating on each step of Jesus's journey to Calvary.

At noon, we gather to hear the "Seven Last Words" and venerate the Holy Cross, a powerful moment of reflection and reverence. πŸ™

But amidst the sorrow, there is also hope. πŸ™Œ As the Easter Vigil commences on Saturday night, we gather once more, this time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

The darkness gives way to light as the Paschal candle is lit, symbolizing the triumph of life over death.

And finally, on Easter Sunday, we come together for the joyous "salubong," a jubilant procession that marks the reunion of Jesus and his mother, Mary.

It's a fitting conclusion to Holy Week, a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always the promise of new life. 🌟

As I reflect on these customs and traditions, I'm reminded of the deep-rooted faith that unites us as Filipinos.

Holy Week isn't just a series of rituals; it's a testament to the enduring power of belief and the profound impact it has on our lives.

And so, as we observe this undoubtedly busy week, amidst the solemnity and joy, it's essential to remember to carry Oleia Oil with you. For when a headache from the heat or tired legs from walking get to you, it will help alleviate the pain and give comfort as we commemorate this blessed week with hearts full of gratitude and reverence, let’s be ready to embrace the blessing of this holy season.

Show me your bottle and I’ll show you mine? β€˜Til next time! πŸ™

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xo L

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