San Pedro Cutud

I’ve long heard about the Good Friday flagellation and crucifixion rituals at San Pedro Cutud in the Philippines. I must confess I’ve felt mixed about them. A spectacle? Fanatic devotion? A step too far?

Today, I had the privilege to attend. I’m not sure I’m any closer to intellectually understanding what it’s about. But hours of gospel hymns and goosebumps later, I’m moved. By the faith of the participants. By the enthusiasm of the spectators. And by 3 hours out in the sun, at 40 degrees Celsius…

Below are a few photos from today.

‘Nuff Said


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