Holy Week 2021: Blessing of palm leaves

By J. Jala | 08:26 PM March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday at St. Joseph The Worker Cathedral on March 28, 2021.

Boholano Catholics marked the start of the Holy Week with the blessing of palm leaves on Sunday, March 28.

Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, in the Christian tradition, the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

At St. Joseph The Worker Cathedral, devotees came early for the 5 a.m. Holy Mass.

The faithful were required to register or fill out personal information forms to facilitate contact tracing for the suppression of the spread of the virus.

They were also required to wear protective masks, observe spacing, and follow entrance and exit signs.

Devotees had their palm fronds blessed.

The church was disinfected after the mass.

Palm Sunday ushers in the Holy Week, considered the most solemn and holy period in the church’s liturgical calendar, when Christians relive the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

In his message, Bishop Abet Uy urged the faithful to meditate on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice as an expression of His great love for mankind.

“Balik-Ginoo. Balibad-bisyo. Biya-kasuko. Buhat og maayo,” he urged the faithful.

The faithful are still encouraged to stay at home and watch Mass online during the Holy Week.

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