“We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world…”
I am very blessed to join the Filipino Community of St Mary of the Angels with their yearly Stations of the Cross. A devotion which really need a lot of sacrifices specially walking on the yard of St Joseph church at 3 o’clock in the afternoon with brother sun where its heat reminded me of the suffering of our Lord. The sun literally shouting with its majesty while the wind was quiet like a lover who’s having a misunderstanding. Not even a single petal of flowers can be seen moving by the stillness of the wind.
Stations of the cross is a devotion which almost every catholic filipino do every lenten season. Here, in Singapore, we to have this devotion which usually we do on Sunday before the Easter Sunday. I always make it to the point that every holy week I should at least take a pictures of what is happening on this great and memorable event of our faith.
But what is stations of the cross?
The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.
Even though I will not be here this year in Singapore to celebrate the Tridum, I’m excited because for almost five years, I will be celebrating the summit of our celebration back in Philippines. To be honest, the feeling is different when you are in Philippines, as if the faith really become alive for most of the people or rather to people who knows their faith.
I hope I can also take pictures of what is happening in Philippines on this celebration even though I will be busy and planning to spend more time with my family especially with my chikitings. And if that happens, will post more photos here. But before that, here are some photos taken from Stations of the cross.
The very busy Mr Coordinator. Giving instructions to the community.
Filipino community logo at SMOTA.
Start of procession from the going to the stations while singing.
Because by your holy cross you have redeem the world.
No one can separate us from the love of God.
One of the station. forgot what station is this 🙂
Leading the stations.