Palo’s passion play now on 43rd year

Palo’s passion play now on 43rd year
The entire cast of characters in the Passion Play on Good Friday in Palo, Leyte join in the concelebrated Palm Sunday Mass presided over by Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du. EILEEN BALLESTEROS

PALO, Leyte – Come Good Fridays, people from various towns and cities flock to the historic town of Palo to relive Christ’s suffering and death through a Passion play that has been running for more than four decades.

Running for 43 years now, the Senakulo (Passion play) gather a nearly 200-man cast for an annual activity that is not just a street play but is also the fulfillment for many of the actors’ personal vows to God.

Palo Archdiocesan vicar-general Msgr. Rex Ramirez, who is the parish priest of Our Lord’s Transfiguration Parish, also known as the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral, said that although there is nothing extraordinary with this year’s senakulo, he hopes that the people will have “a deeper reflection” on what Christ went through to save mankind.

“The pattern as well as the lessons and the message of the liturgical celebrations are the same, but our hope is that there will be deeper absorption among the people such as the essence of the mystery of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ, fundamentally because this is a mystery,” explained Ramirez.

This is the reason he advised the young priests, as well as three soon-to-be ordained priests, who will deliver the introduction and the reflection on the 7 Last Words (Siete Palabras) to say their piece in the most understandable manner for the simple lay folks.

The priest is optimistic the solemnity of the re-enactment and the Siete Palabras will be observed by the people, including tourists and members of the media who will come to witness and cover the Passion play. CBCPNews