Make this a real Holy Week
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Today is the start of Holy Week, the most sacred seven days in the Christian calendar, because they commemorate the final week in the life of Jesus Christ as man, and led to His sufferings and death on the Cross.
The Philippines is probably among the countries of the world that marks the Holy Week, or Semana Santa, with so much fervor and meditation that are also accompanied with solemn rituals re-enacting those last moments in the life of our Lord and Savior.
During this week, especially for Catholics, the Church has scheduled age-old ceremonies and practices that have been observed for centuries by our forefathers. And, in the old days, this is also included the observance of silence and avoidance of merrymaking or celebrations, in deference to the memory of our Savior's death.
Sadly, however, this is no longer generally observed by the present generation. Despite the appeals of priests from the pulpit for those commemorating the death of Christ to avoid revelry and similar activities, Holy Week, for some, has become a time for going to resorts or other places of enjoyment, or taking their vacations abroad with their families, especially in places where Holy Week passes just like any other week in the year.
True, some of these people do make a show of making the Way of the Cross, of joining the Good Friday procession, making the Visita Iglesia, and attending the Resurrection reenactments. However, the rest of the week is usually spent in more mundane activities, like reunions and parties.
Will this Holy Week also be another one to be marked like those of recent years? Let us hope not, because this time, we have been given so many signs that the world we live in is no longer as predictable and stable as it used to be. Let us make this Holy Week a time for prayer, meditation, penance and renewal of our faith and for thanking the Lord for offering Himself to save us from the effects of our sins.*