During the evening of Good Friday in Cavite City, two consecutive processions are being held. The first one is known as the Procession of the Sto. Entierro or also known as the Holy Burial. It is basically a solemn street procession (a funeral procession in particular) that commemorates with the Death of Jesus Christ. Sto Entierro is an image depicting the dead Christ. The image is being carried on a decorated funeral carriage or better known as the Calandra. During the event, the people will walk along with the Sto Entierro and other Saint and Mary’s images (including our very own Nuestra Señora De La Soledad De Porta Vaga).
Sto. Entierro is a popular icon in the Philippines and it is said to be originated from Angeles City , Pampangga in which the image is more popularly known as the Apung Mamacalulu. The image has become a symbol of hope for people longing for a connection to the Divine especially when all else has failed. The Sto. Entierro along with other images will be carried through out certain regions in the city and will make its way back to the church.
In some churches, the Procession is followed by the “Pahalik sa Señor” but in our church, we did it prior to the Procession. They said that every kiss that lands His badly bruised feet or a touch that grazes His battered hand comes with a deep conviction that by His death and resurrection, He has made all things new.
The Procession of the Sto Entierro is followed by a Yapak Procession.