ON Palm Sunday, Malacañang Palace urged Filipino Catholics to lead a “quiet and renewing week” as they observe the Lenten season.
In a statement issued to reporters yesterday, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said this week, along with the rest of the Lenten season, is centered on “the Christian retelling of the human themes of sacrifice, love, and hope.”
Abella said Holy Week should be “a time for spiritual renewal to strengthen genuine love and deep compassion for fellow Filipinos.”
He said he hopes that this will “lead us to renew our unjust social structures—so that many who have been deprived of their dreams can lead rewarding and productive lives.”
Catholics in the Philippines began observing Lent on March 1, Ash Wednesday.
“Lent is the Christian retelling of the human themes of sacrifice, love, and hope. Catholic Filipinos, along with Evangelical and Protestant churches, solemnly commemorate the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection with families, loved ones and local communities,” Abella said.
“May it be a time of spiritual renewal to strengthen genuine love and deep compassion for fellow Filipinos; and lead us to renew our unjust social structures – so that many who have been deprived of their dreams can lead rewarding and productive lives. A quiet and renewing week for all,” Abella added.
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, which commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is the Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which palm fronds are carried.
In the predominantly Catholic Philippines, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday are national holidays.