Friday, 30 March 2018

Good Friday

Good Friday is also a day of solemn prayer and reverence. More people will pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the morning hours. The afternoon service is well attended by many devotees, during which the Passion of St John is read, then a homily and the universal prayers of the faithful, the adoration of the cross and communion. Around 20 to 25 parishes organize processions through the streets of their respective parishes. 
These are very elaborate processions with anywhere between 10 to 15 life-size statues that are carried shoulder-high. Moreover, the processions have people dressed up in biblical outfits and costumes that create a veritable pageant which is moving, solemn and very reverent. Funeral marches are played by local brass bands to add to the sombre tone of the day. The photos you see today are from the procession held at Ghaxaq parish last Sunday.

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