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BEC Holy Week Recollection

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Last year, the BEC Advanced Team had its Holy Week recollection. It was attended by the group I have been meeting every Sunday for the past four years. Today, April 3, 2012, we had our first recollection attended by the members of the cell groups the Advanced Team are supervising.

More than fifty people attended the recollection which was held at the hall of the sisters across the road from where the Church is. Every one pitched in for the music, the food and the technical stuff needed for the flm-viewing part of the recollection.

The recollection had two parts. The first part was on the "Paschal Mystery". The second part was a film-showing that featured Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ." We ended with a mass.

Paschal Mystery

The presentation was given in two steps. The first is on the idea of the "Paschal Mystery" with a discussion of the reading from Rom. 6:3-11, which will be proclaimed during the Easter vigil. The second, is on the idea of "mystery" as it is used in a phrase like "the Sorrowful Mysteries". Most of the participants are not familiar with the concepts since these are Catholic words not often used in the Sunday sermon.

Passion of Christ

Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of Christ" is one of my favorite resources for a Holy Week recollection. The images are so strong that one can even show it without sounds! The recollection participants watched the movie guided only by the sub-titles — for some reason, my computer could not playback the sounds of the DVD that was lent to me. But it didn’t seem to affect the participants as they watched the silent movie. (Even the kids watched the movie intently and didn’t seem to cause any disturbances all throughout the movie)


The recollection had two main goals: (a) to help the participants understand that the Paschal Mystery is actually the life of the Church and of everyone baptized into Christ; and (b) to give the participants materials to think about as they prepare to participate in the Paschal Triduum and the Easter Vigil. Inspite of the technical difficulties, our cell group members were cooperative and were able to finish the recollection. I think that this Holy Week activity would encourage them to participate more actively in their cell group meetings.

Photos from the event are posted at the Gallery of AgustinongPinoy

Originally posted 2012-04-03 22:28:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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