* "Holy Week"

We recently had "Holy Week" here and witnessed again some of the Catholic practices and superstitions connected with the week.  During this time of year the Catholics have a practice of visiting churches.  The Catholic Church in Antipolo City is a main attraction.

The road to the church. 
We turned around and took a different way home.

There are also Stations of the Cross (also called Via Dolorosa, or Way of the Cross) set up everywhere.  The number and order varies somewhat, but there are usually 14 stations.  This year some were set up along the road toward the Antipolo church (which also goes past our subdivsion).  Pilgrims will stop at each station to pray.  In a way we hesitate to publish these pictures, but we do want to give you some idea of what the Catholic religion is like here.

This is number 7
Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry the cross.

During the week, we often see vehicles carrying images probably in preparation for the processions they have on Good Friday. 

"They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place he shall not remove; yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer nor save him out of his trouble."  Isaiah 46:7

On Thursday evening we went to the entrance of our subdivision to watch for a while the procession of pilgims to the church.  There seemed a lot more people than last year.

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We were on the road on Friday afternoon and witnessed a funeral procession for "Jesus."  Some were carrying candles, some dressed in white robes, some were pushing carts with images, but at the center of it all was a cart with an image of Jesus in a coffin.

The coffin

It is sad to see so many deluded and on a wrong way.  We are thankful for the truth of God's Word that Jesus came down from the cross never to return to it again.  He conquered death and the grave and hell, never to be subject to them again.  And He is alive forevermore!

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen" (Revelation 1:18).

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