Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Part 1: Holy Week @ Bonifacio High Street.

I got the week off. Most of us do. I should have been at a bar today but I declined the offer. I am not religious but I think it's not appropriate to drink during the holy week.

I went to Bonifacio High Street the other night with a friend. For some who don't know, the place is a hot spot for celebrities that live nearby, owning the million dollar condos only them could afford. The place is also dotted with shops and restaurants that are high end. However, in additional, as it is Holy Week, there are 14 stations of the cross that people could visit and reflect on. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE!



Fragmented reflection. I am the one on the right.

Station 1 is about Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus and his disciples prayed before the crucifixion. In this station, we each took a red bead as a souvenir. The fragmented reflection has a deep meaning, which I can't clearly write in here.



Station 2 is about the betrayal of Judas. Judas sold Jesus for a few pieces of silver, roughly about two or three months of what a common laborer would earn that time. Judas was taken in with the offer of money and his selfishness, which this station depicts - the person inside the glass tube container with piles of money in his feet.



Station 3 is the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin. This is the one where the crowd was made to choose between Jesus and Jesus Barabbas. The crowd chose Jesus to be crucified - the man who performed miracles, over the guy who was a known crook. In this station, there were three telephones. When I listened, it was a conversation between a man and a woman, and how they passed judgment on an overweight woman without knowing the real story.



Station 5 is the infamous whip. The whip is suspended in mid-air, with red paint, supposedly blood, splattered about.



Station 6: Jesus is crowned with thorns. As the whipping is not enough, a crown of thorns was placed upon his head. In this station, I picked up a black cloth, which will be put into use in one of the stations ahead.

As I've mentioned, I am not a religious person. Yes, I have read the bible in two languages, from cover to cover. I like some of the teachings, I probably believe in Jesus. I don't go to church on Sundays, I don't even pray anymore - unless it's for others. I like money and I am selfish. I judge other people on how they look without knowing their story.

Visiting those stations made me more aware about myself. That's all.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

17 comments:

Warleigh said...

A great concept! Super recommended

LV said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing the interesting post. I never knew some of the information you shared.

Yvonne said...

This is very interesting. I'm a Buddhist and keen to know more on the things you share during your Holy Week visits.

Waiting eagerly for part 2!

Lynilu said...

Interesting information! I'm also not "religious." I am, however, very spiritual, and I love hearing about such things a this. many lessons to learn in life! Thanks for sharing.

Kerry said...

Hey Half Crazy! I am so happy to see you, and glad that I came by. I'm not at all a religious person, nor have I read any holy book from cover to cover, but it was cool to read about these stations of the cross. Maybe I learned something.

Tonight I had two glasses of wine, but I don't feel too guilty because they drank wine regularly back in Jesus' day. But you're probably right that it isn't a good time to go on a bender.

Ginny said...

All our schools are out for Holy Week, too. I love the picture of the fragmented reflection, maybe you can post the story about that some time. The 14 Stations are set up really nicely and with much thought put into them, I wish I could have been there and seen them. The God who made you has wonderful plans for you if you will ask him, and he will hear you when you pray, that is a promise.

Alice Law said...

Cool place! I would too choose to stop by then hvg a feast or drink at any other places or restaurant!;D

sarah said...

found you through Ginny's blog. ☺

nuts said...

been there once and saw a lot of celebrities roaming around. the next time i go there, i'll bring my camera with me. lol. anyways, good to read this post in time for HOly Week.

Tabor said...

A very contemporary representation of Christianity just before Easter. I viewed Agora on TV this week. It is a very different view of Christianity and not contemporary at all.

Buckeroomama said...

It's so great that they have the Stations of the Cross out on Bonifacio High Street.

Big Dave T said...

That is so amazing. Right out on the street? You could never find that here in the United States; separation of church and state would have the ACLU breathing down the neck of anybody even thinking of putting up such a religious display. But I think it's great.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Good luck in your studies.

diane b said...

Thanks for visiting. You have an interesting post about the stations. I admire your honesty and candour.

eileeninmd said...

Interesting post about Holy Week. Neat photos. Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter. Thanks for the visit.

Sey said...

I watched the news about the station of the cross @ Bonifacio High Street. I am glad you take time to visit it for the holy week instead of going to the bar. marvelous.

diane b said...

In answer to your question: I hadn't noticed the short hair before. There were a few with long hair but short hair was much easier to manage in summer and for swimming.

Dave King said...

I found you from Elisabeth's blog. Shall need to come back to spend more time.