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Easter celebrations in one Philippine village include re-enacting the events leading up to the death of Jesus.
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Angeles City, Philippines - Each year on Good Friday, the village of Lourdes in the Philippines performs the "Passion play", a re-enactment of the events leading up to Jesus Christ's execution. The public performance concludes with the actual nailing of three penitents to wooden crosses atop a hill.

The event draws thousands of spectators - both foreign and local - to these extreme displays of devotion.

Hundreds of hooded penitents flagellate themselves with whips and bamboo sticks, or carry huge, heavy crosses as a sign of religious devotion. Even children imitate the penitents with their own whips, instilling the tradition in the next generation.

The participants, who travel from across the country, believe that flagellation and crucifixions are ways to redeem their sins.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) strongly discourages such practises, reminding the faithful to express their love for God by sharing with the poor instead.

"This week is holy not because of the shame and humiliation that Jesus endured. This week is holy because God filled this week with infinite love," CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a message posted on his Facebook page.

 

 


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Hooded penitents, barefoot and tied with homemade whips, flagellate themselves as part of an annual Easter tradition in the village of Lourdes.



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The public procession is part of the "Passion play", a re-enactment of the events leading up to Jesus Christ's execution.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Some religious participants tie and nail themselves to crucifixes. 



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Penitents flagellate themselves as a way to redeem themselves of sins.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Some children imitate the penitents with their own whips.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Penitents flagellate themselves with whips tied with bamboo sticks.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Penitents travel long distances under the scorching sun while carrying heavy wooden crosses.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Actors playing Roman centurions discuss the programme before the climatic crucifixion.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

Actors re-enact the crucifixion of Christ in a large open field in the village.



/Vincent Go/Al Jazeera

The public performance climaxes with the actual nailing of three penitents to wooden crosses atop a hill.




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Hooded penitents, barefoot and tied with homemade whips, flagellate themselves as part of an annual Easter tradition in the village of Lourdes.

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The public procession is part of the "Passion play", a re-enactment of the events leading up to Jesus Christ(***)s execution.

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Some religious participants tie and nail themselves to crucifixes. 

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Penitents flagellate themselves as a way to redeem themselves of sins.

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Some children imitate the penitents with their own whips.

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Penitents flagellate themselves with whips tied with bamboo sticks.

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Penitents travel long distances under the scorching sun while carrying heavy wooden crosses.

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Actors playing Roman centurions discuss the programme before the climatic crucifixion.

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Actors re-enact the crucifixion of Christ in a large open field in the village.

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The public performance climaxes with the actual nailing of three penitents to wooden crosses atop a hill.

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Another attration to the town, are actors re enacting the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

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Another attration to the town, are actors re enacting the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/82ab3cb179dc8cd4d3f3bf7691a01240Religious faith in the Philippines can be extreme during the Holy Week.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/82ab3cb179dc8cd4d3f3bf7691a01240Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Religious faith in the Philippines can be extreme during the Holy Week. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/41d63d5f68c0953bf22ceac503d697dePenitent flagellate themselves as a way to redeem themselves of sins committed or as a vow in exchage to cure an ailment.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/41d63d5f68c0953bf22ceac503d697deVincent Go/Al Jazeera Penitent flagellate themselves as a way to redeem themselves of sins committed or as a vow in exchage to cure an ailment. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/2835f14b0e76d949b8da7a05a24907adPenitent rest along the street into town during midday, under the scorching sun in a vow to finish all the stations of the cross.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/2835f14b0e76d949b8da7a05a24907adVincent Go/Al Jazeera Penitent rest along the street into town during midday, under the scorching sun in a vow to finish all the stations of the cross. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/16a7a8e01a782f9654c2253b108dce64Spectators on the side streets watch penitents pass by while a young boy imitates them.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/16a7a8e01a782f9654c2253b108dce64Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Spectators on the side streets watch penitents pass by while a young boy imitates them. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/9f7a0f12063754898dec0431bca5a742Penitent flagellate themselves bloodied that spectators keep their distance for fear being doused with blood from the improvised whips.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/9f7a0f12063754898dec0431bca5a742Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Penitent flagellate themselves bloodied that spectators keep their distance for fear being doused with blood from the improvised whips. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/cfacd5a2813b54163d94dc379bc5ebc7Penitents must endure the heat of the scorching sun to finish their vow, travelling long distances while carring a heavy wooden cross.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/cfacd5a2813b54163d94dc379bc5ebc7Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Penitents must endure the heat of the scorching sun to finish their vow, travelling long distances while carring a heavy wooden cross. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/c3ecfe29d022a0949fceea82f1efa199Actors playing as Roman Centurions discuss the program before the actual crucifixion.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/c3ecfe29d022a0949fceea82f1efa199Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Actors playing as Roman Centurions discuss the program before the actual crucifixion. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/708de3accea345c8962aae5c760fc2d1Actors playing the role of Roman Centurions walk along the streets as part of the attraction in the Village of Lourdes in Angeles City.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/708de3accea345c8962aae5c760fc2d1Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Actors playing the role of Roman Centurions walk along the streets as part of the attraction in the Village of Lourdes in Angeles City. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/1297c6cedd3dfe17408f16dcf96b2293

Actors re enact the crusifixion of Christ at a large open field in the Village of Lourdes.

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Actors re enact the crusifixion of Christ at a large open field in the Village of Lourdes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/7dceb0c2a8dc39bfbd12d78280957aa1Water is sprayed on the hill signifying the death of Christ during the event at 3 pm on Good Friday culminates the event.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Taking_Devotion_to_the_Extremes/slideshow/no-caption/7dceb0c2a8dc39bfbd12d78280957aa1Vincent Go/Al Jazeera Water is sprayed on the hill signifying the death of Christ during the event at 3 pm on Good Friday culminates the event.


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