E ya mete i Hesus. Ikatamu. (Christ did not die. We did.) That’s what I remember from what our priest said. Short but sharp.
The image of Jesus being put down from the cross has been a tradition in Minalin already. After they put Him down on the cross, it is laid on the Altar and the people line up to kiss, touch or just kneel in front of His dead body.
After the mass is the procession. There were a lot of people, maybe three times the people who attended the procession last Wednesday. Unfortunately, it rained. Maybe the Heavens were also crying.
When the procession is over, people go back to the Church to pray, and then they put their candles in front of Jesus’ body. On the past years, they even had a procession of the body to a nearby cemetery and people offered flowers and grieved.