This year, I woke up about the same time I always did during Good Fridays – shortly before four a.m.
However, I was not up so early to attend the Via Crucis. I was on my way to Medina with the rest of the family to spend the day at Duka.
Yes. On a Good Friday.
Since forever, I have always attended the early dawn Via Crucis on Good Friday. This year, I feel like I had fallen to temptation and failed my faith. I could go on and on and justify why I ended up going there and not even opposing the plan, but it does not matter anymore. I lacked the willpower to stand up and resist temptation.
I felt terrible when we had to pick up some relatives along the way, and we had to stop several times to give way to the Via Crucis that was taking place in several places. I felt mortified and shameful watching the participants pass us by – I was so paranoid, I thought they were looking at me with accusing eyes.
The guilty feeling continued to plague me even as we came home in the afternoon of Good Friday. The awful feeling afflicted me that I had to go online and check if my faith requires me to observe Good Friday as a Holy Day.
After several readings, I learned that Good Friday (and even Maundy Thursday) is not a holy day of obligation at all.
A holy day of obligation is a day when Catholics are required to hear mass and adhere to Canon Law. While Good Friday is an important date in the Catholic Calendar, it is not a holy day of obligation.
Aside from Sundays which are holy days of obligation, the following are the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation too:
* Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1)
* The Epiphany (1st Sunday of January)
* Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19)
* The Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Thursday of the sixth week of Easter)
* Thursday after Trinity Sunday: the Body and Blood of Christ
* Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (June 29)
* The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
* All Saints Day (November 1)
* The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (December 8 )
* The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas Day December 25)
Despite knowing that it was perfectly okay for me to miss the Via Crucis this year, I do not feel relieved at all.
I think I need a confession to totally forget this.