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Lenten activities in Sanctuary Center

The DSWD Sanctuary Center observed the traditional celebration of Lent last April 13 – 16, 2017. Ms. Buenafe Orcino-HP Supervisor led the observance of the Lenten rites.

Among the Lenten rites that were conducted in the center is “The Way of the Cross” which is also known as the “Stations of the Cross” which was held last April 13, 2017. Clients and staff commemorated the Christ’s journey through Calvary to his crucifixion. The fourteen stations featured specific events beginning with Christ’s condemnation after his last supper with the apostles up to His last day on Earth as man.

The organizer installed sculptures and religious images which lined the pathways of the Center for the participants to move from station to station in a short pilgrimage following Christ’s journey. In each station, the participants take a short time to meditate and offer a prayer that corresponds to the specific event depicted in the station. The participants also recite prayers as they move from one station to the next until they have completed all fourteen Stations of the Cross.

Another traditional Lenten rite that was celebrated in the Center is the Pabasa, which was held on April 13-14, 2017. During the pabasa, participants read and chant verses from religious texts as headed by the Homelife Service staff and trained clients. The organizers have prepared two groups of readers who chanted verses that depicted the sufferings of Christ. Participants chanted verses one after the other, with the pabasa lasting until the following day.

The Easter Egg Hunt was then held on April 16, 2017. This event marks the conclusion of the Lenten season. During the Easter Egg Hunt, clients eagerly sought out the forty-nine Easter eggs which were hidden by the Houseparents in different areas of the center with corresponding gifts from the staff.

The traditional and religious aspects of the Lenten season will continue in the center to inculcate to most of the residents as well as the staff a period of moderation, self-discipline and reflection on Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.

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