16 churches in Davao City open for Holy Week

THE RAIN CAN’T STOP THEM | Despite the drizzle, vendors outside Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Davao City are selling cross-shaped palm fronds on Sunday. (Photo by GERMELINA LACORTE/Inquirer Mindanao)

DAVAO CITY, Davao del Sur—“In the face of injustice, will you stand up for the truth or will you just remain silent because your position will be affected? a priest asked worshipers at one of the 16 churches the city government has allowed to open here to celebrate Holy Week masses for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Prof. Gary Arevalo, who officiated the noon mass at Our of Mother Perpetual Help Church here, recalled the failure of the authorities to resist the truth that led to the crucifixion of Christ, an event that happened produced over two thousand years ago but still resonates with what is still happening to this day.

“Like what you heard of the passion, Jesus was not guilty [of the crime he was accused of] but [he was crucified] because of the people’s inability to defend the truth – Pilate knew that Jesus was not guilty, but he will not defend the truth because it will affect him,” Arevalo said during his homily. “It will affect his position as governor, it will affect his relationship with Jewish leaders who may send a report to the Emperor of Rome and the Emperor of Rome may remove him from office.”

No road closed

“The hope, the tragedy and the horrors of injustice that endure in our day to this day, do we simply prefer to keep silent, even though we know the truth because we are afraid that our own interests are at stake? ” he asked during his homily without going into details.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help parish, where Arevalo said mass, was one of 16 churches here allowed to open for Holy Week, the first time church activities drawing crowds had been allowed since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

Dionisio Abude, head of Davao City’s Transportation and Traffic Management Office, assured the public that there would be no road closures in the city, although motorists may need to steer adapt to the one-way lanes put in place on the roads near the 16 churches for the Holy Week activities which have started. Palm Sunday.

At least 925 people were to be deployed near these churches to control and manage the flow of traffic throughout the week. In addition to the Palm Sunday procession, Church activities will continue on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, when the faithful observe the Stations of the Cross; black saturday; reaching its peak on Easter Sunday.

Abude said they had already prepared the traffic plan since the stations of the cross would cover several routes in the city and the traffic personnel would have to ensure that the roads would be safe for participants and motorists.

He also urged motorists to be patient and considerate of those making the Stations of the Cross, reminding them to drive carefully to avoid accidents and for the public to continue to wear their face masks and maintain a safe distance from them. each other to protect themselves from COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE

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