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Today is Easter Sunday! The Lord Has Risen!

Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. In the Philippines, Easter morning is marked with joyous celebration, the first being the dawn Salubong, wherein large statues of Jesus and Mary are brought in procession together to meet, imagining the first reunion of Jesus and his mother Mary after Jesus’ Resurrection. This is followed by the joyous Easter Mass and then a hearty breakfast consist of nilaga when we get home.

Here in the US, Easter is celebrated in an entirely different way. A traditional egg-hunting is done in churches or at homes where families hold reunions. Eggs are painted with different colors and designs. An Easter Bunny is used in a very similar trait like Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children. Easter baskets may also consist of peeps marshmallows and chocolates.

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I leave this Easter message to you…

May the angels protect you, may the sadness forget you,
may goodness surround you, and may God always bless you…

Happy Easter to ALL!


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Posted by on 04/24/2011 in Blogs

 

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Today is Good Friday

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. A day of strict fasting and abstinence, Catholics are allowed to eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day without meat and no food in between.

In the Philippines, the day is commemorated with street processions, the Way of the Cross, the chanting of the Pasyon, and the staging of the Senakulo or Passion play. Church bells are not rung and Masses are not celebrated. In some communities, devotees engage in self-flagellation or crucifixion as expressions of penance.

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Posted by on 04/22/2011 in Blogs

 

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Today is Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.

Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday. First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and instituted the Communion. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, thereby setting an example of humility and service.

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Posted by on 04/21/2011 in Blogs

 

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Today is Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. On this day, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection.

The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem on top of a donkey, people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus’ path and waved them in the air. They greeted Him and shouted “Hosanna” meant “save now.” Immediately following this great time of celebration, He begins His journey to the cross.

What does the donkey symbolize? How about the palm?

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Posted by on 04/17/2011 in Blogs

 

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