Priest to laity: ‘Make Lenten reflection a family event’

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TACLOBAN, City, March 22, 2015 — With the rise of common place technology, which takes a toll on quality family time, a priest promotes making Lenten reflection for this Holy Week as family event, making the season both spiritually uplifting and socially fulfilling for everyone.

: Sto. Niño Parish media coordinator Fr. Gwen Lovelino Padagdag encourages lay faithful to make Lenten reflection a family event. (Photo: Ei Ballesteros)

Fr. Gwen Lovelino Padagdag, media coordinator of the Sto. Niño Parish of Tacloban and priest-in-charge of the parish youth ministry, urged the youth and church volunteers to mark the Lenten reflections on Monday to Wednesday this coming Holy Week as family time. It should also be considered part of their spiritual formation.

Family time

“Let us grab the opportunity to listen to the Lenten reflection. This is a time to evangelize the members of our family,” he said, stressing that the family is the first group that one can live out the Church’s call towards people’s evangelization.

Church volunteers are equally encouraged to participate in the various liturgical events during the Lenten Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday, during which the Passion and death of Christ Jesus are remembered and pondered on.

In the Easter Vigil, Christ Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated, also during which churchgoers be recite the “Gloria” and “Hallelujah” anew, which were noticeably omitted in the Masses during the entire Lenten Season.

Plenary indulgence

“Easter Sunday is the solemnity of all solemnities, because in Christ’s death and resurrection salvation began,” Padagdag said.

He likewise underscored the practice of going on the Visita Iglesia where the faithful go on pilgrimage and gain plenary indulgences for doing so. Obtaining the said indulgences come, though, with other requisites such as confession and the recitation of one Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father, the Pope.

Through indulgence the scar of one’s sins, which are subject to temporal punishment is removed, he explained. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCPNews)

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