Pinoys keep Lenten traditions alive in Germany


Posted at Apr 03 2012 05:37 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2012 01:37 AM

BERLIN – Filipino faithful still practice the Holy Week traditions that they grew up with even if they are away from home.

In Berlin, one of the popular devotions that Filipinos practice during the Lenten season is the Stations of the Cross.
Language is also not a hindrance to those who would like to celebrate the tradition. Young Pinoys who have difficulty speaking in Filipino, pray in German.
The “Pabasa” or the reading or chanting of the Passion of Christ is another tradition that is practiced by many in Berlin. Those who can’t come to the Pabasa activity offer donation.
Members of the Filipino community are also preparing for the “Cenakulo”, a passion play of the life and death of Jesus Christ held every Good Friday.
In Italy, Filipinos flock to churches in Rome, particularly during the start of the Holy Week, to pray and reflect.
The Pobre family was just one of the many families in Rome seen visiting a church together to pray.
“Nagste-station of the cross, nagfa-fasting during Friday, nagsisimba kami doon sa Fatima, of course, ng miraculous church," said Lawrence Pobre. 
In Tuscany, Pinoys attended mass on Palm Sunday, which signaled the start of the Holy Week.
“Dito sa Tuscany, ang Filipino community namin dito, of course, binabalikan yung gawain natin sa Pilipinas,” said Fr. Crisostomo Cielo Crisostomo Jr. Reports from Cris Dizon and Jocelyn Ruiz-Roxas, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau