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TODAY, WE carry our palm fronds to church and raise them when the priest comes to bless them. We raise them to commemorate the Jews? welcome of Christ when he entered Jerusalem on a donkey.
Alas, the scenario would change on Good Friday when the very same people who welcomed him would crucify Him.
It was on Good Friday in 1987 when Ben P. Canlas of ABC Promotions mounted on TV the program, ?Seven Last Words.?
He continues to do so. This year, he and his daughter Meng Canlas, executive producer and director, are presenting ?The Seven Last Words, Year 24? on Good Friday, April 22, 12 noon-3 p.m. on Channel l3.
Fr. Conegundo Garganta, CBCP Executive Secretary for the Commission on Youth, will host together with broadcaster Nikka Cleofe-Alejar.
Homilists include Cubao Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco; Fr. Bridge Casas, parish priest of San Carlos Borromeo Church in Mahatao, Batanes; Fr. Francis Montero, guest priest of Binondo Church; Fr. Biven Belderol of St. Michael Parish in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; Fr. Nelson Osorio, OSJ of the Carmelite Chapel in Cagayan de Oro City; Fr. Eric Santos of the Archdiocese of Manila; Imus Bishop Chito Tagle.
The program is supported by Fortune Life Insurance Company, Fortune Care, DWIZ, Eternal Plans, Baguio Oil, Gibsons Shoes, Alysons Chemicals, Pagcor and Lakan Metal Corporation.
?Siete Palabras? on GMA-7
Meanwhile, the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) will mount, also on Good Friday, 12 noon-3 p.m., its annual ?Siete Palabras? (Seven Last Words) at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City.
Theme this year is, ?Ang Pasyong Mahal sa Buhay ni Juan.? Produced by the DPP Provincial Media Board and Institute of Preaching, the program will air on GMA-7.
Reflections on Christ?s seven last words will be delivered by distinguished Dominican preachers: Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, Fr. Enrico Gonzales, Fr. Tamerlane Lana, Fr. Filemon de la Cruz, Fr. Allan Lopez, Fr. Roman Santos and Fr.Nilo Lardizabal.
?Visita Iglesia? in north
For the past years, Adam?s Travel has been organizing the ?Visita Iglesia? during Holy Week. This year it is holding the ?Pilgrimage to the North? covering the most beautiful churches in Pangasinan, La Union, Laoag, Vigan and up to Pagudpod. The best hotels have been reserved.
Other tours in Holy Week includes tours of Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, India and Singapore and Malaysia. Call 5211651, 5223876 or 5211651.
?Cordero? festival in Morong
In the quaint town of Morong, Rizal is a unique religious festival observed by Roman Catholics on Holy Thursday.
?Cordero? (Lamb of God) is a commemoration of the ways how the Lamb became a symbol of Jesus. According to records, ?Cordero? was first observed in Morong, Rizal was in 1931 with Vitaliano Bernardino as the hermano.
?Recamadero? in Spanish means ?caretaker.? This is the name of a Church-based organization in Morong which will hold the Cordero procession of Jesus Christ?s Passion, Crucifixion and Death (with 45 images belonging to the members) on April 21, Maundy Thursday. Since yesterday, all images have been installed at the Morong gymnasium, such as Jesus is stripped of His garments (owned by Phil Santiago); Saint Thomas touching the wounds of Jesus (Larry Francisco); and the Betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot (Arvin Fernando).
New book by Carmelite writer
In time for Holy Week, the Carmelite writer, Sr. Teresa Joseph Patrick of Jesus and Mary, OCD, has issued her book of meditations titled ?Mary Ponders.? Based on the 14 Stations of the Cross, the meditations accompany Mother Mary as she walks with Jesus on the way to Calvary and as she stands beside with Jesus on his Cross.
The book is now available at the Carmelite Monastery of St Therese on 4 Gilmore Avenue, Quezon City. Sister Teresa lives in that monastery today. She is known to UP alumni as professor Josefina Constantino, teacher of literature and newspaper columnist of many years.
DOT?s Lenten pilgrimages
According to Derpartment of Tourism Director for Region 3 Ronaldo Tiotuico, Northern Philippines is an ideal destination to fulfill people?s Lenten religious obligations and at the same time explore the region?s cultural treasures.
He names the historic Our Lady of Carmel Church in Malolos, Bulacan, also popularly known as Barasoain Church. Also within the city is the Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion whose convent became the presidential quarters of the Philippine Republic led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The seat of Diocese of Malolos, it was declared a basilica in 1999 by Pope John Paul II.
At the Holy Rosary Church in Angeles City, Pampanga is the miraculous image of the ?Apung Mamacalulu,? Our Lord of the Holy Sepulcher.
Day 2 takes pilgrims to the Monasterio de Tarlac or the Shrine of the Relic of the True Cross in San Jose, Tarlac which contains the relic of the wooden Cross were Jesus Christ was nailed. Then to Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan where many miraculous healings have taken place, including my own. An ecclesiastical museum depicts the town?s history starting with the arrival of the Augustinians in 1600.
Call (045) 9612612/5617, 6258525; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.visitmyphilippines.com.
St. Expeditus feast day
Fr. Diwane Cacao will celebrate the feast day of St. Expeditus on April 19 with a Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m. at the Sancti Dei Healing Center in Lopez Village, Los Baños. The National Sandigan Foundation and the Divine Mercy-Philippines, under the spiritual guidance of healing priest Fr. Fernando Suarez, founder of the Mary Mother of the Poor Foundation, invite you to enter into the spirit of St. Peter, through a Montemaria Lenten Recollection, on Holy Thursday, April 19, in Monte Maria, Barangay Amayong, Alfonso, Cavite. Call 7271477.