Good Friday

March 21, 2008

We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Good Friday

A story by Rianne Pangelinan-Brown in today's Saipan Tribune told how hundreds of people hiked up Mount Tapachau to commemorate Good Friday. She writes:

"Scores of people began trekking up Saipan's highest peak as early as 2am and the numbers just kept going up as the day wore on, culminating with the carrying of a giant cross from the foot of Mt. Tapochau to the top. The cross was first blessed at Mt. Carmel Church before being brought to the foot of the mountain.

It took at least 40 brave men to carry the huge wooden cross up Mt. Tapochau and pitch it in place on a rocky mound. The moment the cross was finally in place, the heavens opened up with a heavy shower of rain.

A brief ceremony was then held, where Catholic volunteers read excerpts of the Passion of Christ, while some sang holy rosary songs on their hike up.

Participants in yesterday Good Friday trek came from all walks of life: men, women, and children, Chamorros, Carolinians, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, and Bangladeshis, just to name a few."

Middle Road covered the story from a different perspective, worth reading.

In Rome, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI led a procession in the Colosseum during a rainstorm. While in Jerusalem thousands crowded the streets to follow the path that Jesus took to his crucifixion according to the AP story. Much coverage around the world was given to the Good Friday commemorations in the Philippines where religious devotees nailed themselves to crosses. In Orlando, it was another Friday, as public school was in session, and few businesses were closed.

A Message From Guest Worker, Maria Dela Cruz

Holy Week, time to pray and reflect...

May GOD guide us all in our daily life.

This week in remembrance of God's passion and love for all of us, may we contemplate God's gift of talent that he blessed each individual with, that we may use it fully in accordance with His guidance.

To define what is our purpose in life serving GOD, ourselves, our family, our community, and this wonderful Earth that God created perfectly for all of us to live happily, peacefully and to love one another as God loves us unconditionally.

May God bless us all, and guide us to become a much better person everyday reflecting God's love and serving humanity equally.

We only live once, let's make it worthy by loving and protecting each human being.


Maria Dela Cruz

Photo: Cross in Rota by Wade Ross ©2007