The pealing of Church bells will be heard for the last time today as Christendom plunges into a week of deep mourning to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
However, in this “island paradise” which has become a destination, tourists will start to jam at the various beach resorts in Panglao and Anda giving a peak by Good Friday.
Today, Palm Sunday, also marks the triumphant entry of Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem as the faithful exultantly wave blessed palm fronds during Holy Masses in the various churches of the Diocese of Tagbilaran and Diocese of Talibon.
The traditional blessing of the palm will highlight all masses today, one of the longest during the Lenten season in all churches in the country.
Bishop Alberto Uy will officiate today’s Palm Sunday rites at 9 a.m at the St. Joseph Cathedral while Bishop Patrick Parcon leads the same rites at the Talibon Cathedral.
Tomorrow, Holy Monday will start the weeklong activities to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion. Confessions will be held in various churches. At the St. Joseph Cathedral, Holy Hour starts at 1:00pm. The priests will have their Station of the Cross starting at 3 p.m. The Chrism Mass will be officiated at 4 p.m. tomorrow to be assisted by all priests.
The recollection for the laity will also start tomorrow.
On Wednesday, which is also known as the “Day of Betrayal,” will recall how Judas Escariot plotted to deliver Jesus to the chief priest in consideration of 30 pieces of silver.
On Wednesday afternoon, following the 5:15 p.m. mass for Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be the procession of images along the streets, depicting Biblical events which led to the crucifixion of Jesus, our Savior.
This is the last ordinary mass during the Holy Week.
At the St. Joseph cathedral, Bishop Uy will officiate the Mass of the Last Supper and the Washing of Feet of the Twelve Apostles at 4:45 in the afternoon.
The bishop and lay ministers will lead in the procession of the Blessed Sacrament inside the Cathedral.
The Last Super will be re-enacted at the Bishop’s Palace by the 12 apostles. Vigil of the Blessed Sacrament will follow in the evening until midnight.
Good Friday is the only day of the year when the holy sacrifice of the mass is omitted as church services will focus on the Passion of Our Lord.
There will be an all-morning vigil by different religious organizations which will be followed by a three-hour remote control broadcast of the Via Crucis and preaching of the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ by different preachers.
At 3:30 p.m., Bishop Uy and Bishop Parcon will officiate the Passion of Our Lord, to be followed by the Veneration of the Cross at the Diocese of Tagbilaran and Diocese of Talibon, respectively.
The procession of the Holy Tomb will follow.
On Black Saturday, the Lenten gloom deepens. On this day, Christians pause to meditate on the sufferings and death of Christ. No mass is celebrated in the morning but there will be a Station of the Cross.
At 12 midnight on Saturday is the Mass of the Glorious Resurrection and the traditional “sugat,” which will be officiated with the men and women, starting from different points, converging at the various churches.