Introduction:Israeli Catholics live faith in Jewish context
Posted: May 1, 2017 - 9:49am
Each of Israel's Catholic communities is defined by particular hopes, aspirations and cultural bonds, and each faces a different challenge in defining itself in relation to Judaism and the state of Israel.
Salubong welcomes Risen Christ Easter morning in the Philippines
Posted: April 13, 2017 - 9:56am
Many Filipinos rise before dawn for Easter celebrations, which often begin with a ritual procession called Salubong, or welcome. At Salubong, a statue of Mother Mary, dressed in mourning and carried by the women of the town, meets and welcomes a statue of the Risen Christ, carried by the men.
Good Friday crucifixions at San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga a tourist attraction
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:36pm
San Pedro Cutud, a barangay in San Fernando City, Pampanga province, has become infamous as a site of a senakulo that aims to more fully replicate the bloodiest and most violent aspects of Jesus’ Passion. The rites, known as Maleldo, are not endorsed by the church, but do have local popular and political support, notably from the tourist bureau.
Bustos, Bulacan: Statues brought out for Holy Wednesday, Good Friday Friday processions
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 3:21pm
In Bustos, Bulacan, north of Manila, Holy Wednesday and Good Friday are marked with significant processions. Many members of the community are owners and custodians of large caros, holy statues that are processed on a carozza in the procession.
Pahalik: Good Friday faithful kiss statue of Christ's dead body in Philippines
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 8:29am
On Good Friday, Catholic churches nationwide provide an opportunity for Pahalik, kissing a statue of the dead body of Christ in front of the altar.
Reenactments of crucifixion mark Good Friday at Kapitangan, Bulacan
Posted: April 7, 2017 - 2:14pm
Kapitangan, a barangay in Paombong, Bulacan province, is known in the Philippines as the site of one of the bloodiest public reenactments of the Passion during Holy Week, particularly on Good Friday.
Visita Iglesia: Filipino Catholics vow to visit seven churches during Holy Week
Posted: April 7, 2017 - 1:27pm
A Visita Iglesia — visiting at least seven different churches on Holy Thursday and Good Friday — is one of the most popular Holy Week ho, or sacred vows, that Filipino Catholics make.
Unaccompanied sung chant is integral to Melkite liturgy
Posted: April 5, 2017 - 12:32pm
Until we are able to develop a section on music of the Melkite tradition as merited, a broad sampling of Greek Melkite liturgical music with English and Arabic lyrics can at least be sampled here.
Angono Rizal, Philippines, hosts major Holy Week processions
Posted: April 5, 2017 - 9:27am
On Holy Monday, more than 40 life-size statues — Jesus carrying the Cross, a mournful Mama Mary and other persons related to Jesus’ Passion — are processed on decorative carriages through the streets of Angono Rizal.
Senakulo: Holy Week street plays in the Philippines reenact Jesus' life, Passion
Posted: April 4, 2017 - 3:15pm
During Holy Week, a Senakulo — a stage or street play about the life and Passion of Jesus — takes place in many communities, especially in Bulacan, Rizal and Pampanga provinces. An outdoor Senakulo often parades a figure of Jesus carrying the Cross through the streets, and emphasizes the violence and brutality of Jesus’ persecutors.