Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pabasa 2008

You know it is the Holy Week when you hear somewhere in your neighborhood some people singing/chanting verses from the Holy Bible.

Its called the "Pabasa" or "Pasyon", the reading of verses from the Bible which recounts the Passion of Christ and is held during Holy Week. The Pabasa starts in the Book of Genesis and goes through the birth, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is usually done as a "panata" or promise by the faithful for an answered prayer from God.

It started during the Spanish era as a means of spreading the Catholic faith to the Filipinos.
The reading of the verses found in one book is done continuously until it is finished. The faithfuls sometime take turns in leading the Pabasa while some take a rest in order to make sure that the chanting/reading is continuous until the book is finished.

We hold a "Pabasa" at home for more than 10 years now. It was started by an aunt of my mother who now lives in the United States. I think we started hosting it when my mom's aunt's sister. who used to organize the Pabasa died. Anyway, it starts at midnight of the Holy Monday and usually ends the following day, Holy Tuesday, at around 3:00 PM.

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