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After shooting from our 1st destination, we directly head our way to the Next Stop: Guagua. What’s in there? The second oldest church in Pampanga, the Betis Church, nicknamed as the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines.
But before we proceed, lets have a little lecture here about the word itself…
The word Penance derives from Old French and Latin poenitentia, meaning repentance, the desire to be forgiven. But traditionally, Penance has been viewed as a punishment and varying with the character with the offences committed.
Doing this often involved severe, often public, discipline, which could be both harsh and humiliating but was considered spiritual act.
Penitensya, the Filipino term for Penance, is a tradition being held by the Filipinos during Holy Week, specially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Carrying a cross on his way to 7 churches… Another way of doing Penitensya.
While we were shooting inside the Betis Church, we’ve noticed a group of people doing their Penitensya outside. Considering this church as their next stop, they pause for a minute, kneel down and silently say their prayers.
Using shred leather straps, you can hear the loud strikes to the hand and to the back of the man with black Nazarene dress. And believe me, seeing and hearing him taking these punishments, you’ll absolutely say it to yourselves that you don’t wanna be in his position taking those painful act.
After kneeling down for a few minutes, they suddenly lie, facing down their flesh skin on the ground. Suffering from extreme heat of the sun and the hot surface of the ground, they stay lying for almost 5 minutes before they stand up and leave the place.
The row of pain and suffering…
Every man has its own cross. The only thing that matters is how will you carry it…
Most of us say that doing this kind of Penitensya is a sinner. Well I say all of us are sinners, but they have the guts, courage, strength and faith that keeping them holding and enduring these punishments.
A closer look at their back… Busted wounds and blood pouring, as the sun heats up their wounded flesh.
Bloods and Cross…
Two things that describes the agony and pain suffered by our Lord Jesus Christ. I guess for some people, this is their way and interpretation of doing their Public Penance or Penitensya.
– The End
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Penitensya, Penance, Holy Week Tradition in the Philippines
San Guillermo Parish Church, Betis Church, photo shoot
San Agustin Church, Sta Rita Church, Maleldo 2010 photos
Canon EOS 1000D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens