Governor Amado I. Espino III, along with wife Karina P. Espino and their son Amado P. Espino IV, led the traditional Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) staged by the Provincial Government of Pangasinan at the Veterans Memorial Park within the Capitol Complex on March 30.
The Pangasinan first family was joined by department heads of the provincial government led by Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba and Capitol employees who are also members of the Barangay Capitol Catholic Ministry (BCCM) led by Provincial Governor’s Office Chief Administrative Officer Irmina B. Francisco.
It can be recalled that the provincial government regularly holds Via Crucis observation along the Capitol Complex during Lent, but was shelved last year due to COVID-19.
This year, the provincial government held a regulated Via Crucis to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
To ensure observance of minimum safety protocols in the venue, BCCM members are assigned at every station, who also led the Scripture reading.
Prior to the station of the cross, Rev. Fr. Jijune Herramia officiated the Holy Mass.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Herramia urged the Christian faithfuls to repent and meditate during the Lenten Season.
“Sa panahon pong ito ng Semana Santa, tandaan natin sa pagtingin po natin sa krus, hindi lamang ito nagpapaalala sa atin ng matinding paghihirap ni Hesus, kung hindi ang dahilan kung bakit siya nag-alay ng kanyang buhay – ang kanyang tunay na pag-ibig na handing maghirap at mamatay,” said Rev. Fr. Herramia.
In this pandemic brought about by the COVID-19, Rev. Fr. Herramia said, “Kahit na mayroon tayong sitwasyon na nakakamatay, gagawin ng Panginoon ang lahat para may higit na mabuting lumabas sa masamang sitwasyon na ito,” referring to the words of St. Paul to the Romans.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Jin Perez)