By Christina Hermoso
Roman Catholics will observe tomorrow the first Friday of Passiontide, which is traditionally marked on the Friday before the observance of Palm Sunday on March 25, the first day of the Holy Week.
The observance of Passion Time or Passion Week started last Sunday, March 18, on the fifth and final Sunday of Lent, and will last until Black Saturday on March 31, before the start of the Easter Vigil.
Known as Passion Friday, this day is considered as a deeper and more solemn time of the Lenten season as the Holy Week nears.
Readings and prayers of the liturgy will focus on the Passion of Christ and the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother.
Traditional devotions include praying the Way of the Cross (Via Crucis), the Holy Rosary, meditating on the five Sorrowful Mysteries, and reciting the five prayers in honor of Christ’s five wounds.
Marian devotees traditionally offer novena prayers and special devotions before the image of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Many will undertake a bread and water fast or abstain from meat as part of their Lenten sacrifice.
The Church continues to encourage the faithful to donate whatever amount was saved from fasting to their local parishes to support programs for the poor through the Church’s Fast2Feed program.
Churchgoers are also encouraged to go to confession before receiving the Holy Eucharist and to reflect on the Passion of Christ, the events leading to Jesus’ crucifixion.