Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday

In the Philippines, Maundy Thursday is the time for what we called “Visita Iglesia” where devotees visit different churches. You also see people that instead of commuting or bringing their vehicles, they used to walk on the way to different churches as a way of sacrifice. Also, business establishments cease operations from Holy Thursday to Black Saturday. Most malls, however, only cease their operations on Holy Thursday and Good Friday and only open on Black Saturday. Terrestrial television and radio stations either go completely off-air during that period or operate limited hours where they broadcast special shows, usually themed for the Holy Week, which is not on their usual schedule. (Cable channels usually continue their normal telecasts as usual.) Newspapers usually have no issues during those days.

WIKIPEDIA:  Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.


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