TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- As Holy Week begins, 42 images of saints and other church figures are featured in Saint Peter’s Metropolitan Cathedral gymnasium here.
The exhibit opened on Saturday, March 24, through a prayer ceremony led by Cathedral Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Bernard Corpus.
This is the second year that cathedral here featured such an exhibit as part of the parish’s Lenten activities.
Father Corpus said the images are among the personalities close to Jesus; and with Christ during His Paschal mystery, Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.
“We are observing the Lenten season and, in particular, Holy Week this week. The significance [of this] is recalling the Paschal mystery of Jesus by these sacred images and statues. We bring back to our reflection, to our memory who were these people who were with the Lord during his final moments…In a special way Christ has influenced their lives to lead holy lives because of us,” Corpus said.
Some of the images form a tableau depicting scenes from Christ’s Paschal mystery.
“The most important thing we have to value in Holy Week is that Christ died for us because of His great love for us,” Father Corpus said.
“We have to value that now because if you don’t see the love of Christ in us, the sacrifices of Jesus, the self-denial of Jesus, Jesus giving up himself to death for all of us, if you do not see that, then love does not have any point,” he added.
Father Corpuz said Christ’s sacrifice and death is a reminder of God’s “ultimate expression of love” for His people.
“We should take that upon ourselves so that we may also love the way Jesus did,” he added.
He also said that the sacred images can help Catholics in their reflection and deepening of their faith.
“We invite all to come here and look at this exhibit and see for themselves the glory and marvel of what God has done to us through this exhibit and through our Holy Week activities and services,” he added.
The Lenten exhibit is open until Easter Sunday, April 1, from 9 AM to 9 PM. Northernforum.net