Mayor, police prepare Holy Week EOs Print
Monday, 26 March 2018 18:26

Mayor Beng Climaco met with the different stakeholders late Saturday night to thresh out issues pertaining to guidelines as well as prohibitions at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-Abong during the observance of Holy Week.

This, as the mayor is set to issue two executive orders, one, prohibiting the sale and drinking of liquor and other intoxicating drinks as well as bringing of bladed weapons and similar items and the other imposing a traffic rerouting scheme in going to and from the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong where people are expected to flock for their Holy Week rituals starting Holy Wednesday (March 28) until Black Saturday (March 31).

During the meeting held at the City Hall conference room after the Earth Hour event, the mayor clarified with the police forces that people will be allowed to hold an all-night vigil at the Climaco Freedom Park except at the 14 stations including at the main cross or Cruz Mayor at the top of the hill.

Climaco said pilgrims can only stay 15-20 minutes at the cross area to give way to others who will be praying and doing their Holy Week rituals.

The mayor appealed for everybody’s support and cooperation to ensure a meaningful and solemn observance of the Holy Week.

Earlier, people were in a quandary as to whether or not overnight vigil will be allowed, as the Pasonanca Barangay Council said it will be permitted while police authorities said otherwise.

The Holy Week started with Palm Sunday, March 25 and will end on Holy Saturday (March 31) capping the Lenten Season.  Catholic online describes Lent as the “40 day period of prayer, fasting, repentance and abstinence during which Christians work to grow closer to God”.

“Prayer, fasting, repentance and abstinence are spiritual exercises that allow a person to focus on their Christian faith and the proper object of Christian devotion, Jesus Christ. The season begins on Ash Wednesday, a special day of devotion on which Christians accept ashes on their forehead as a reminder of their mortality and a sign of their repentance. The season ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter,” according to Catholic online.  (Sheila Covarrubias)