Prusisyon { The Parade of Saints on Earth }

Prusisyon is a religious parade of statue of Saints. Atleast once a year, a statue of a Saint is paraded on its feast day. But on Holy Week, almost all the saints get together to join the procession. It is traditionally held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

In my hometown Biñan, Laguna in the Philippines, more than 50 statue of saints parades on Good Friday evening. This is to commemorate the passion of Jesus Christ. My family ” The Almendra’s ” own and takes care of Sto. Tomas. Our “Lola Matilde” {mother of my dad} bought the statue from a sculptor in Laguna more than a quarter of a century ago. Now eventhough my Lola Matilde had been long gone, still her legacy continues. Not knowingly what she left to us is something that will bring us all together atleast once a year. Now, the statue of Sto.Tomas “The Apostle” is our family patron saint and currently taken care of one my aunt.

Sto. Tomas "The Apostle" Photo by Nino Almendra
Sto. Tomas “The Apostle”
Photo by Nino Almendra

Thomas the Apostle, sometimes informally called Doubting Thomas or Didymus which means “The Twin”, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament. He is best known from the account in the Gospel of Saint John, where he questioned Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it, followed by his confession of faith as both “My Lord and my God” on seeing and touching Jesus’ wounded body.

Sto. Tomas "The Apostle" Photo by Nino Almendra
Sto. Tomas “The Apostle”
Photo by Nino Almendra

 

Traditionally, he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, traveling as far as India. According to tradition, the Apostle reached Muziris, India in 52 AD and baptized several people who are today known as Saint Thomas Christians or Nasranis.

Sto. Tomas "The Apostle" Photo by Nino Almendra
Sto. Tomas “The Apostle”
Photo by Nino Almendra

After his death, the reputed relics of Saint Thomas the Apostle were enshrined as far as Mesopotamia in the 3rd century, and later moved to various places. In 1258, some of the relics were brought to Abruzzo in Ortona, Italy, where they have been held in the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Sto. Tomas "The Apostle" with my family "The Almendra's"
Sto. Tomas “The Apostle” with my family “The Almendra’s”

Thanks to our Lola Matilde!!! May we continue her Legacy…

 

*The following photos below are the statue of saints which traditionally attend the yearly procession on Good Friday. Feast your eyes and enjoy…

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Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines Photo by Nino Almendra
Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines
Photo by Nino Almendra

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Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines Photo by Nino Almendra
Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines
Photo by Nino Almendra
Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines Photo by Nino Almendra
Good Friday Procession in Biñan city, Laguna Philippines
Photo by Nino Almendra

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this photos encourage you to come and visit the Philippines on your next Holy Week destination.

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7 comments

  1. Oh my goodness gracious . . . this could never happen in my hometown of Santa Monica . . . we just had to take the manger and related Xmas scenes down during Xmas that have been on Ocean Avenue every year for years and years . . . no religious stuff allowed any more. Kind of sad, but so interesting to see this wonderful parade in your hometown!!!

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    • Hi Sue,
      That’s a sad thing to know, considering that the place is named after a Catholic Saint, Monica.
      But I still have a good picture of Santa Monica in my mind. I have a clear visualization of the Santa Monica Boulevard based on the lyrics of the song “Santa Monica” by Savage Garden.
      I just love how Santa Monica is describe as a whole. I would seat on a bench on that boulevard with my camera watching the passerby.
      Anyway, that just blew me away to Santa Monica 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and expect me to check on your new recipe, I know you have a lot to share from the cookbooks that you got.

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    • Hello Diahann, at first, I thought Cabanatuan City was from Mindanao area. Thanks to Google for showing me the right spot, and it was a big piece of history.
      Thanks for visiting.

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