- Posted April 7, 2012 by
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Having One's Self Nailed to the Cross - A Holy Week Tradition of Devotion or Fanaticism?
During Good Friday, in areas like Cutud Pampanga, people from all over come to see devotees go through the ritual of what people perceive as their way to show their penitence - from people walking the streets, with bloodied backs, as they whip themselves; locals and even a couple of foreigners carrying their wooden cross, everyone converges in this place of "sacrifice".
Call them what you may - devotees or fanatics, they have been doing this for years - even having themselves nailed to the cross. With prayers on their lips they each seek an answer from God - wanting to seek God's miracle for healing from such incurable sickness such as cancer to the fulfillment of a promise to show one's love and devotion.
Whatever the Holy Week may be to you, and for whatever way we each choose to experience the Lenten Season, believer or not, we all all take paths that expresses the faith we have.
What is your way of expression?