I really wanted to continue the Visita Iglesia I started last year but it was too hot! The El Nino Phenomenon created a very much oppressive environment during the day. I just stayed at home after our early morning Via Crucis around the poblacion.
Last year I wanted to document the different carrozas of Santos that join the Good Friday procession with the Santo Entierro but was not able to do so. I finished Visita Iglesia at around noon, stayed inside Sta. Ana Church to wait for the arrival of the carrozas. It was still to early and I guess I have to wait three more hours thus decided to go home but promised myself to do it the following year.
This year became a reality but decided not to bring a DSLR as it was too heavy. I get tired easily these days so I will not tempt my faith aside from the fact that it is too hot. I arrived in Molo at around four thirty and there is only one carroza bearing the picture of The Shroud. I asked a lady in the plaza what time the procession would start and she told me it’s at six pm. They moved it one hour later so that it will be cooler and the older parishioners can join in the procession.
The carrozas started arriving at around 5:30:
Church (Sta. Ana Church)Beautiful Sta. Ana Church populary known as Molo Church. Inside are antique all female Saints displayed in the columns of the Church in contrast to that of Jaro Cathedral (St Elizabeth Metropolitan Cathedral) where all are male saints.
Another view of the Church with the plaza full of devotees waiting for the procession to start.
Side view of the ChurchOne of the images still being adorned inside the Church grounds. The carroza arrived without the image..which is kept in the Church.
The carrozas do not have labels so I just added the captions based on what I think it represents. For the image above, I really do not know who the Saint is. I should have asked the man atop the carroza :-(.
Arrival of carrozas- This is another one that I do not know what it represents.
More carrozas arriving
Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Agony in the Garden
Jesus is Sentenced to Die
Scourging in the Pillar
Jesus the Nazarene
Crucified Jesus with the Women of Jerusalem
Arrival of Carroza: Crucified Jesus with Mary and John
Crucified Jesus with Mary & John..Church in the Background
Crucified Jesus with Mary & John Up Close
The images and the decorations are very ornate. This is one of my favorite among the carrozas. These are very old images that are kept by the families in Molo. Maybe one of these days I will do a research regarding these images and document who owns them and its history.
Jesus taken down from the Cross
Jesus from the Cross with the Three Marys
St John the Evangelist
Mary Magdalene with her very ornate dress.
The beautiful Flowers of Mary Magdalene
The Santo Intierro
The Santo Intierro of Molo- no need for flowers as the decorations are gilded and very ornate.
Cross being brought into the Church
I did not wait for the procession to start as I might have a difficult time getting a ride home. We were even stranded in Mandurriao as they closed the roads for the procession. I wanted to take pictures but we are quite away from where the procession is passing.
Good Friday Procession in San Miguel
Arrived in our town quite a bit dark and I was really hoping I will be able to get a glimpse of all the carrozas with their decorations this year. I was only able to catch the Santo Intierro with the carroza fully decorated with different kinds and colors of carnations.
Santo Intierro in San Miguel
Every year I can not really get a very good picture of Mater Dolorosa as she is surrounded by this big lights. Maybe they should change this into spotlights so the image can be highlighted. As always the carroza is always bedecked with different kinds of orchids.
Thank you Lord Jesus for your sacrifice to save us from our sins.