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The 43rd Live Via Crucis in Cavite City (2017)

IMG_1648tThe people of Cavite City are naturally religious. They got so many festivities which are done in celebration of their patron saints. There’s the much awaited Regada Festival in celebration of Saint John The Baptist every June and the grander Feast of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga every November. For the Lenten Season, there’s an annual cultural and spiritual tradition known as “Live Via Crucis“. It is basically the Cavite City’s version of “Senakulo“.  If there’s a Moriones in Marinduque and Pagtaltal in Iloilo, then Cavite City has its own Passion Play which is better known as the Live Via Crucis.1797330_10202773033200233_4165628477011976607_ntVia Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week (Holy Tuesday to be specific) in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wear biblical costumes and take the center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is already an old tradition which can be traced back since 1974. The picture above features my late grandpa portraying one of the centurions or Roman Soldiers. This year marks the 43rd year of Live Via Crucis and they notably made some changes this year1800437_10202773033400238_7509013980156151892_ntMy late grandma as one of the Ladies of Jerusalem during her younger years.IMG_1441tThis year’s Live Via Crucis was still based on the Passion Play written by Antonio Galura under the direction of Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez, Leo Ponseca and Narciso Lamberte Jr and Asst Director Edwin Monton under the supervision of their Chairman Aldous Guiao and Michaelangelo Camilo (Vice Chairman).
IMG_1452ttThe event started around 2pm. A special mass was held prior to the actual play presided by Fr Virgillo ParadesIMG_1564tLive Via Crucis  showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers). The Play will pass through fourteen different Stations. Unlike last year, however, they changed the settings , moving the 9th to 14th stations from Montano Hall field to San Roque Parish Church.
IMG_1589tIMG_1573tThe Last Supper marks the first station of the Cross, the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixionIMG_1466tWhile the Last Supper is being held in San Roque Parish Church, another scene was taking place somewhere else. The Centurions and the Roman Soldiers armed with their weapons, horse carriage and armors.IMG_1493tAlong with the people of Jerusalem are the thieves who will play greater roles on the later part of the play.IMG_1516tHestas, the Penitent Thief
IMG_1559ttThe Washing of the Feet
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
IMG_1592ttJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.IMG_1595tJohn 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
IMG_1612tThe Second Station : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane IMG_1621tJesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguishIMG_1630tJesus was then confronted by the devil to tempt him while prayingIMG_1637tThe demon tempting Jesus during his agonyIMG_1664tHe was also confronted by an Angel IMG_1688tJudas and Roman Soldiers arrived in Gethsemane to capture Jesus and bring Him to the Sanhedrin.IMG_1716tThird Station: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
IMG_1749tJesus was brought to Pontius Pilate  by the SanhedrinIMG_1786rtPilate handed Jesus over to Herod Antipas but Jesus was just mocked by him and he sent Jesus back to Pilate for the trial
IMG_1835ttMatthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”IMG_1865tJesus was crowned with thornsIMG_1348tJesus was Crucified
IMG_1356tThe penitent thief
IMG_1381ttMary and John at the Foot of the CrossIMG_1415tJesus said that He was thirsty, one of the last seven words he said before dying on His crossIMG_1428tJesus dies on the crossIMG_1494tMary cradling the dead body of JesusIMG_1511ttMary holding the crown of thorns after Jesus was laid on His tombIMG_1533ttAn Angel came to Mary Magdalene to inform her that Jesus is alive!IMG_1558tThe Resurrection of Christ!

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Cavite City Live Via Crucis 2016

Cavite City’s 42nd Live Via Crucis will be happening today! A mass will be held in 2:00 Pm and will be followed by the Passion play which will officially starts at 4pm.
12801585_1678653099051192_7967315298879494969_nThe Passion play is Written by Mr Antonio V Galura

Directed by Larry Sta Elena , Napoleon Bautista and Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez
UPDATE:
P3224402tPrior to actual play, the casts were gathered near the altar for photo opportunity! P3224405tJesus and the Roman SoldiersP3224407tJesus and his ApostlesP3224410tJesus, the Apostles and MaryP3224432tThe Via Crucis officially started at 4pm. The first station of the cross was held inside the San Roque Parish Church. The Last SupperP3224416tJesus and his Apostles. The Sharing of Bread and Wine!

Matthew 26:26 “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

P3224430tThe Washing of the Feet

John 13:1-17 : “Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet”

P3224436tJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.

John 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”

1111121212Jesus foretelling his fate to his disciples after Judas left. P3224437tThe end of the First StationP3224441tSecond Station: The Agony in The Garden of GetsemaniP3224442t

Jesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguish

2333222111Satan tempting Jesus while praying3211112122112Jesus asking God for strengthP3224452tAn angel came to encouraged Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before his crucifixionP3224454tRoman Soldiers accompanied by Judas started to arrive to arrest JesusP3224457tJudas and roman soldierP3224461tThe Kiss of Judas

Matthew 26: 47-50 “While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.”

P3224466tDuring Jesus arrest, St Peter cut off the ear of one of the soldiers named Malchus, who was then healed by Jesus.P3224470t

High Priests of Sanhedrin P3224471tThird station: Jesus before the SanhedrinP3224472t
Caiaphas the high priest asking Jesus if it’s true that he will destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.P3224476t

Matthew 26 : 64 “ “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

P3224477tCaiaphas mocking fun at Jesus’ answersP3224480tPeter denied Jesus three timesP3224482tThe overwhelming crowd of people heading to the next station. Too bad I wasn’t able to witness the rest of the stations because as part pof the production we have other obligations to fulfill ^_^P3224507tP3224505tThe Crucifixion of Christ
P3224522tJesus died on the crossP3224527tThe body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the CrucifixionP3224535tThe resurrected Christ and the whole cast.P3224537t

Cavite City To Hold The 42nd Live Via Crucis

16809240039_58f212cf3e_ztHoly Week is nearly approaching and one of the much anticipated event here in Cavite City during the Lenten Season is the “Live Via Crucis”. It is basically an annual cultural and spiritual tradition in Cavite City. Via Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wore biblical costumes and took center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers).16809264409_e08e4d8279_z

This annual event has been celebrated since 1974 and this year marks its 42nd anniversary.16994514461_1252f4327c_z The date is not officially announced but it could either be on Holy Tuesday or Holy Wednesday! I will give you an update soon!

** UPDATE **

The Live Via Crucis will be held on Holy Tuesday (March 22, 2016) at 4:00pm. 

A mass will be held prior to the passion play in San Roque Parish Church at 2:00pm

Much like last year, the starting point or the First Station will be held in San Roque Parish Church and the route will end in Grandstand/ track field of CNHS (beside the Montano Hall)

The Live Via Crucis 2015

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Live Via Crucis is an annual cultural and spiritual tradition in Cavite City. Via Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wore biblical costumes and took center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 20 to 30 minutes.
P3310534tThis annual event has been celebrated since 1974 and this year marks its 41st anniversary. They almost got the same casts from last year Via Crucis but with some minor changes with the apostles and ladies of Jerusalem.
P3310555tThe event started in San Roque Parish Church reenacting the Last Supper (the first station of the cross)
P3310577tThe Agony in the Garden of GethsemaneP3310580tJesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.P3310586t The Roman soldiers along with a highly realistic chariot props!P3310587t The overwhelming crowd watching the play from one station to another.P3310590t Jesus being captured by the Roman SoldiersP3310596tThe Sanhedrin trial of JesusP3310605t Jesus sufferings under Pontius Pilate. It includes the scenes where Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.Followed by the crucifixion.
P3310620t The resurrection of Christ
P3310626tThe resurrected Christ along with other casts!