Beach vacationers told not to miss Holy Week obligations

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

A CATHOLIC priest sees nothing wrong with the faithful going to the beach or elsewhere this Holy Week as long as they do not forget to visit churches or chapels in places where they are spending their vacation.

"There's nothing wrong if one is on vacation. In fact, if you go to Boracay, there's a chapel there so you can still go to church. I think vacationers also include it to celebrate the Holy Week," said Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

He said not all people who are on vacation are looking to unwind.


"For the past three years, I went home for the Holy Week and I tell you the Church is full with people...I can see people even foreign tourists attend Holy Thursday, Good Friday and even the 'salubong'," the CBCP official said.

Mejia reminded the faithful to observe proper decorum and wear "decent clothing" while inside the church.

Palm Sunday marked the start of the Holy Week, which depicts the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

In his homily, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the public to love, accept and help those who are in need like the poor, sick and victims of natural and man-made calamities.

"Today, we are asked to receive and accept Jesus in his love for neighbor. Let us show our solidarity with the suffering, with the poor, the lost, the confused, those who are looking for God. We have so many neighbors who are longing for love, Like Jesus go to them assure them that they are not alone," he said during the mass at the newly renovated Manila Cathedral.

He said Palm Sunday is "about the greatest love that humanity has ever experienced."

"As we welcome Jesus, let us also welcome his love and let us love our neighbor the way he did bearing all suffering and letting love be stronger than any suffering we could ever experience," Tagle said. (FP/Sunnex)

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