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  • 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.

  • Pabása ng Pasyón: Chanting the Passion for Holy Week in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 2:34pm

    The recitation or chanting of the Passion story of Jesus – the Pabása ng Pasyón – is one of the oldest Holy Week traditions in the Philippines. Today Pabása is prayed over a 24-hour period in the first few days of Holy Week, in front of an altar decorated with flowers, candles, lights and an image of Jesus Christ.  

  • Holy Week, Easter take on penitential tone in the Philippines
    Posted: March 31, 2017 - 10:21am

    During Holy Week, Filipino devotional culture takes on an especially penitential tone, in ways that particularly reflect its Spanish colonial heritage, and even its pre-Christian heritage, but have continued to evolve over the years. Filipinos who tend not to be fully observant liturgically the rest of the year see it as very important to participate in liturgies and devotions this week.

  • El Shaddai and the charismatic transformation of Philippine Catholicism
    Posted: March 3, 2017 - 4:20pm

    With nine to 11 million members, El Shaddai is undoubtedly the largest lay Catholic organization in the world. In its worship, theology, and aesthetic, El Shaddai often seems more like the Filipino version of an American Evangelical Protestant mega church, but the movement is linked to and approved by the Catholic Church.

  • The bailes: 'Families' and organized lay confraternities in Chile
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 11:45am

    Though commonly referred to simply as bailes, the dance groups are really lay religious confraternities — sociedades religiosas — organized to express their devotion through dance. Typically about half of the members, called promesantes, are actually dancers.

  • Dance groups create sacred spaces throughout La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 9:51am

    While the geographic heart of La Tirana is the "temple" or sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen and the plaza where they dance, bailes spend most of their time outside the plaza in living compounds.


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