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Devotees to observe Good Friday on Mt. Tapochao

MANY of the island’s Catholic faithful will observe Good Friday with the traditional Mount Tapochao trek that starts at dawn.

Rev. Fr. Romil B. Aperocho of the San Antonio Parish Church said devotees can assemble at the foot of the mountain at 5 a.m.

 “From there, we will start the trek,” he said. “We’ll set up 14 stations for the slow walkers. There will be prayer guides. I encourage the people to devote their time to praying.”

He also reminds community organizations to provide water, fruit or rice porridge but not meat  to the people joining the trek.

“There should be no meat,” he added. The wooden cross that will be carried by devotees to Mt. Tapochao on Good Friday is seen outside Mount Carmel Cathedral on Thursday.Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioThe wooden cross that will be carried by devotees to Mt. Tapochao on Good Friday is seen outside Mount Carmel Cathedral on Thursday.Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioHe said the church is recommending abstinence and fasting during the Holy Week “so that we will feel how it is to be hungry and feel compassion to those who have nothing to eat.”

He is also encouraging devotees to attend the Easter Sunday celebration on the island’s highest summit that will start at 4:30 a.m. An image of the Blessed Mother Dela Rosa will be carried by women while the men will carry  an image of Christ, he said.

“We will all walk together to the place where we will celebrate Mass, and after that, we will have breakfast together,” the priest said.

It will be a potluck breakfast, and the devotees are requested to bring food to share.

Father Romil said the San Antonio church celebrates Easter every year, “but this will be our first time to bring the celebration to Mt. Tapochao because the parish is in charge of overseeing the traditional trek to Tapochao this year.”
He added, “May this time of our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection draw us closer to God and to one another.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103308-devotees-to-observe-good-friday-on-mt-tapochao

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