The Cutud Lenten Rites is a re-enactment of the passion, suffering and death of Jesus Christ held in Barangay San Pedro Cutud in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga every Good Friday. The staging of the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross can be traced back in 1955, which was performed back then by amateur volunteer artists of the village.
With a strong Catholic bond and the religiosity of the Kapampangans, matched with century-old churches surviving various calamities, Pampanga is definitely one of the best places for Visita Iglesia this Lenten Season, aside from the flagellation and crucifixions.
This tradition is usually done on Maundy Thursday after the last supper mass to adore the Blessed Sacrament and reflect on the life and suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ which should be done before midnight. Here are some of the recommended churches in Central Luzon’s capital province.
Churches played a vital role in the nation’s history especially during the Spanish occupation when the demarcation line on the roles of the church and state were not clearly defined. The locations of these churches were built strategically, usually in the vicinity of the municipal hall and the town plaza.
Being a Catholic Nation, the observance of Semana Santa or Holy Week is one of the biggest events in the Philippines. From Palm Sunday to the celebration of life on Easter, the whole week is filled with traditions like the Misa sa Linggo ng Palaspas, Pabasa ng Pasyon, Pagsusundo sa Kordero, Misa ng Huling Hapunan, Siete Palabras, processions of Catholic images, Stations of the Cross, pamamanata at pagpapapako sa Krus in some provinces, Easter Vigil Mass and the Salubong.
Known for its century-old churches and Lenten traditions like self-flagellation, crucifixion, and other forms of penitence, the Province of Pampanga has always been on the list of the top must-visit places during the holy week.
One notable event during this season is the grand procession of antique and life-size images of the life and passion of Christ, including persons significant to His life. Usually carried by a carroza, beautifully decorated with flowers and dramatically lit, these images are dressed magnificently and accented with remarkable accessories. These religious images are owned and maintained by prominent families of the town.