Pahalik: Kissing the Dead Body of Christ on Good Friday, Manila, Philippines

On Good Friday, Catholic churches across the Philippines provide an opportunity for Pahalik (to kiss). The faithful kiss a statue of the dead body of Christ which is displayed in front of the altar, either hanging on a crucifix or laid out on a funeral bier. Many find it reminiscent of the way they would visit and grieve a deceased relative. On passing and touching the image, the faithful often whisper a personal prayer before and after kissing the image.
Luke 6,19 “The entire crowd was trying to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all”
Mark 3,10 “for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him.”
Mark 6,56 “And wherever He went—villages and towns and countrysides—they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him to let them just touch the fringe of His cloak. And all who touched Him were healed.”
Acts 19,11 “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them”

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