SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
23 March 2023 08:37:11 PM
As part of the observance of the Lenten season, House Secretariat officials and employees on Thursday devoted time for prayerful meditation while going through the Catholic tradition of the Stations of the Cross.
The Stations of the Cross commemorates the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his entombment. The stations are as follows: 1) Jesus is condemned to death, 2) He is made to bear his cross, 3) He falls the first time, 4) He meets his mother, 5) Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross, 6) Veronica wipes Jesus' face, 7) He falls the second time, 8) the women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus, 9) His third fall; 10) He is stripped of His garments; 11) His crucifixion; 12) His death on the cross; 13) His body is taken down from the cross; and 14) his body was laid in the tomb.
Leading alternately the offertory prayers in each Station of the Cross were House officials led by Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) Deputy Secretary General Dr. Romulo Emmanuel Miral Jr. and Executive Director Novel Bangsal, Office of the Secretary General Director Maria Josefina Ricafort, Administrative Management Bureau Executive Director Antonio Chan Jr., Executive Director Lourdes Rajini Rye, Internal Audit Department Executive Director Stella Doller, Legislative Security Service Director Belinda Bello, Building and Grounds Maintenance Service Director Evangeline Vallejo, and Procurement and Supply Management Service OIC-Director George Alfred Terrado.
House employees from different departments also participated by responding to the offertory prayers. At each station, the attendees reflected prayerfully upon Jesus Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, as well on his love for mankind as depicted in the visual images in the stations.
The participants started the Stations of the Cross activity near the House North Gate, concluding the procession at the South Wing Sunken Garden inside the Batasan Complex.