Santo Entierro Procession: Good Friday Traditions of San Fernando, Pampanga
San Pedro leads the procession because it is believed that he holds the key to heaven. Take note of the rooster inside the carroza (carriage), popularly known as Ang Manok ni San Pedro.
The Scourging at the Pillar...
The Crowning with Thorns...
The Carrying of the Cross...
and the Santo Entierro in the middle of the procession.
The Santo Entierro is followed by the mourning of the santos (saints) who are all wearing black. During the Holy Wednesday procession, they are dressed in their symbolic colors, but on Good Friday, they are donned in black as a sign of mourning. People attending the procession are encouraged to wear black or white shirts.
There is a popular Filipino saying for people who are sad, "Mukha kang Biyernes Santo" -- referring to the look of the saints during this time of year.
Mary Magdalene and Santa Maria Jacobe
Saint Mary and Martha at Bethany
St. Joanna and St. Susanna of Galilee
St. Joseph of Arimathea
St. Nicodemus, Teacher of Israel
and finally, San Fernando is proud of three carrozas that are made of Silver!
Silver Carroza of Maria Salome from the Rodriquez Family (photo courtesy of Ivan Henares)
Silver Carroza of San Juan (photo courtesy of Ivan Henares)
One of the most beloved silver carrozas in the entire procession is the one of Mother Dolorosa, Our Lady of Sorrows (by the Panlilio family)
She was the last and the most sorrowful of all. I could feel the pain shown on her face, having lost her beloved son.
I love joining the last part of the procession because of the sorrowful songs accompanying Mother Dolorosa throughout the 1+ hour walk around the city of San Fernando.
The procession ends at around 7:30pm, back at the cathedral.
Good Friday is also a time for a family reunion, which is an old tradition among Kapampangan families. After the procession, we had dinner in the old heritage houses of the Hizon-Singian family. It is one of the cute Victorian Heritage houses along Consunji Street.
Thanks to Spanx for inviting and hosting us for the Santo Entierro procession.