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Friday, April 10, 2009

Keeping Watch (Maundy Thursday)

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I was outdoors and in the front of the local catholic church at 8 o'clock pronto. It was a moonlit night yet the night sky is blanketed with mist that enabled the moonlight to project visible white rays in its circumference. It is strikingly familiar to me. Ah, now I know. It looks like the white consecrated host inside a monstrance being venerated inside the church.



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This is called the Vigil of the Blessed Sacrament. This night, the Institution of the Eucharist and the Suffering in The Garden are both commemorated. People flock to the church in designated hours to keep watch to the vigil and to follow Christ's request, "Could you not keep watch an hour with me?" (Matthew 26:40) Others, namely tourists or curious sightseers, are visiting different parishes and churches this night to "see" the Altar of Repose or with superstition, to complete visiting nine churches for a favor or two.

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The Vigil



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Our parish priest, Father Edgardo Elumba, is praying the Liturgy of the Hours


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Women are decorating the carozza for the Santo Entierro (Holy Corpse) in the Friday procession that will happen in the morrow.

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