Philippines parish takes Way of the Cross to the streets

Good Friday at San Isidro Parish, Bagong Silangan community, Quezon City, in pictures:

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Youth and Worship committees of San Isidro Labrador Parish in the Diocese of Novaliches took the Stations of the Cross to the streets of their teeming community northeast of Manila on this steamy Good Friday and was met with this:


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Boys climb to catch a glimpse of actors re-enacting Jesus’ crowning with thorns. NJ Viehland

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Curious children take refuge from scorching sun and watch from inside a parked bus. NJ Viehland

Children and elders among the 100,000 parishioners wanted to catch a glimpse of “Jesus Christ” and his “tormentors, followers” and his “mother.”

Parish priest Father Aris Escobal of the Order of Carmelites (OCarm), Philippines, agreed to hold the Good Friday activity called “Senakulo” around the parish this year. “Older parishioners resisted, but the youth were eager,” he told Catholic in Asia. Eventually the Parish Youth Group and Worship Committee worked together also in collaboration with Basic Ecclesial Communities that set up the stations of the cross and Titus Brandsma Media Center of the Philippines OCarm.

After catechesis on the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, youth worked out their scripts, prayers, music, props, routes, decorated their costumes and re-enacted the story of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

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Rev. Arnold Alindayu, OCarm deacon lent a hand (with Krisna Furing as Herod). NJ Viehland

Most of the short dramas were staged in the streets after short processions up and down the hilly Bagong Silangan community under the scorching sun

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The community prayed their last stations in their favorite place to hang out – the basketball court near the church.

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“Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world,” they prayed together. The look on these children’s faces remind me of Pope Francis’ tweet : @Pontifex How beautiful it is to stand before the Crucifix, simply to be under the Lord’s gaze, so full of love. (EG 264)

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[more to follow on these “Easter people” of San Isidro parish)

Cardinal Quevedo’s titular church in Rome announced

 

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo at the Mass in thanksgiving for his 75th birthday and creation as cardinal urged thousands of people inside the cathedral in Cotabato City and multi-media audiences to unite, cooperate so that peace and justice will reign in Mindanao and each person's lives. NJ Viehland Photos

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo at the Mass in thanksgiving for his 75th birthday and creation as cardinal urged thousands of people inside the cathedral in Cotabato City and multi-media audiences to unite, cooperate so that peace and justice will reign in Mindanao and each person’s lives. NJ Viehland Photos

Vatican City, 15 April 2014  – The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff under Pope Francis today announced that on Thursday, 24 April, at 6.00 a.m., Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines, will take possession of the title of St. Mary “Regina Mundi” in Torre Spaccata (Via Alessandro Barbosi, 6), the Vatican’s VIS news agency reported.

It is located in Torre Spaccata suburb (south-east of Rome) whose name is taken from the ruined tower on the east border of the area.

It’s website says St. Mary (Queen of the World) parish in the Diocese of Rome has been entrusted to a Carmelite Friars community of the Italian Province since 1961.

Today, the cardinal priests have a loose patronal relationship with their titular churches. Their names and coats of arms are inscribed on plaques in the churches, and many raise funds for their church’s maintenance and restoration, but they no longer participate in the actual management of the churches.