The “Pescatarian” part is a joke that some of us Catholics would refer the Lent Season and the days before Easter. When there is no meat and a habit that we have to give up for the season, at least we got fish, seafood, and a new (and fulfilling) hobby to boot. My youngest sister recently became an official pescatarian, and my mom is not a happy camper hearing about this.1
Before I proceed, I just want those who come and visit and are not (at least) Christian or that they follow no religion that this entry will be solely religion-related. I’m not out to preach or condemn anybody because of the difference, but I expect you to respect me, this entry, and the religion I follow and practice. It may not have anything to do with you personally, but maybe it does. Still, you have been warned.
April 9 – 15 is Holy Week
For us Catholics, Orthodox Christians,2 and (some) Christians,3 we observe this entire week known as Holy Week. It is a commemorative observation of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do different practices for us to observe this most important period for us Christians. Some say that this is the last week of Lent, others say that last week (April 2-8) was the last week of Lent. For me, a few practices still remain until Saturday.
On April 9 (Sunday), we attend mass with a palm branch in our hands. We observe and commemorate the arrival of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, in which many of the Jews in the nation’s capital come to meet with the one rumored to be the Messiah. The mass is longer than the usual,4 we also get to read the Scripture of the story during his arrival and the events that occured right after, leading him to his final days.
The Holy Triduum
Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy (Black) Saturday are known as The Holy Triduum. During these three consecutive days of this week, we follow Jesus’ final days before his death, starting from the Last Supper (Thursday), the day of his crucifixion (Friday), and his eventual resurrection at the night of the third day5 by attending mass at night on these three days.
On some other countries, Catholics (and some Christians) commemorate the week a little different from the way we Catholics commemorate the week here in the States. For example, in the Philippines,6 Catholics would travel from one church to the next church throughout that entire Friday, and in some communities over there, they would also have public Passion Plays in which those who take part in the play actually self-flagellate themselves or even get themselves nailed to the cross.7 I remember growing up as a kid and witnessing the procession of a public Passion Play whenever my family and I would travel to visit relatives at Ilocos Sur. I have witnessed men self-flagellating themselves in the procession, but I have never seen anyone portraying Jesus Christ getting themselves nailed to the cross.8 If you have time, look around the internet and find some pictures. You’ll see what I mean.
The Holy Triduum, jokingly of course, some of us Catholics would also refer these as “more Pescatarian Days” as in oppose to every Fridays during Lent. We also abstain from eating meat and meat products9 during those days (except Saturdays for some). In addition, on Good Friday, our diet of the day is also a little bit stricter: two smaller meals and one full meal with no snacks in between. Sure, it’s not as strict as the way Muslims observe Ramadan, but for those who think having this kind of diet for one day may be grueling, think of it as being only one day and life is back to normal again starting on Easter Sunday. Some of us would think of it differently as a start of getting into the habit of eating healthily and more exercise and movement.
In my case, it’s not much of a problem. Because I rush a lot in the morning to get to work, I would normally eat one piece of bread (with butter or PB&J in it) and a small cup of coffee. During break at work, just a bag of chips and a drink (sometimes water, sometimes iced tea, sometimes iced coffee).
For those who are converting/joining the Catholic Church, Holy Saturday is also an important day for them.10 It is also the day in which they are officially being initiated into the Catholic Church through Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation all at once. In my local church, the night mass on Holy Saturday is always crowded with many parishioners,11 so many new initiates,12 and we refer this Saturday as a very glorious day.
Easter Sunday is the day of the Easter Bunny.
Kidding aside, Easter Sunday is the celebration of spreading the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Every apostle, every follower, every believer hear of the news. Some were in disbelief, some rejoice for this glorious moment. With this event, we are all hopeful and at the same time, we (as Catholics and Christians) believe that Jesus truly lives in all of us. According to the Bible, this day is the beginning of the day where those who believe would travel around the world to spread the Good News. Historically, this was how Christianity has been spread throughout the world, starting in Europe (Roman Empire). The rest is history.
My family and I would often go out to eat. Sometimes, we would go to a relative’s house to have our Easter meals and celebrate just life in general. When there is children present, we would hold Easter Egg hunts so children can have their fun and happiness too.
This year, I’m not sure how we are going to celebrate Easter. I actually am scheduled to attend another meeting with the East Bay WP Enthusiasts meetup group to learn about the Flexbox and the CSS Grid. I didn’t realize that it was scheduled for Easter Sunday, so I may have to cancel attending the meetup. Hopefully, there will be videos and recaps on the meetup so I would be able to keep up too.
I think that my home will be hosting our family Easter celebration, mainly because of my dad’s illness. He hasn’t exactly been going out of the house for leisure and vacation, even though he has been going out.13 On the other hand, he hasn’t had any trouble with his illness whenever he leaves the house, so maybe if we decide to celebrate by going out, we’ll definitely go out. We shall see what happens.
What I did this Lent Season
Last month, I mentioned that rather than giving up something for Lent, that I would give something. Let’s just say, I did a little bit of both.
I gave up (once again) reading mangas and watching anime. I also gave up watching Netflix also. I gave up drinking tea (bad choice, but I did anyway) and I also avoided drinking coffee in the afternoon and (sometimes) night and decide to just stick to drinking coffee in the morning. I gave up eating ice cream, which meant no visits to Sweet Orchid (local gelato parlor) or Milkcow Cafe. I did love having lunch at Rubio’s though, considering they sell some of the best fish and seafood taqueria-style Mexican food over there.
I continued on participating in the church choir every Sundays. I finally was able to make it in our choir practice earlier today for Good Friday and Easter Sunday masses. I haven’t been attending practice because of my work schedule, plus the exhaustion too. It felt wonderful just rehearsing songs for this week’s masses and getting to see fellow choir members outside the church, so to speak. I feel great, that’s for sure!
During Lenten Fridays, I indulged myself with more fish tacos, seafood burritos, seafood pastas, and pajeon (Korean seafood pancakes) for lunch and dinner. Mom and Dad loved the pescatarian dishes too, even though the practice of fasting and abstinence from meat no longer applies to senior citizens and children under 12.
I vowed myself to join more meetup groups for networking and my chance of getting myself a (remote) web development job of some sort. I still am seeking more meetups today.
On the other news…
- Wellspring Dreams Club is still under construction. I finally got my SSH access to my new host so that I’d be able to reinstall Flarum. Hopefully after that, I’d be able to restore my database and such so that I won’t have to force my current members to sign up for another account again. Too many things going on lately, as you can see by the length of this post…
- Symmetry is coming soon! This will be the first network site created using WordPress’s multisite function. As mentioned in my previous post, it will be a health and beauty journal blog. For now, I only got a coming soon page.
- I also plan on creating a fanlisting collective after some 5 years of not having one. I have to thank Martina of Inspirationally for lending me a copy of the Listing Admin script and for creating her WordPress shortcodes list to accommodate the Listing Admin core code into WordPress. I don’t personally like the idea of creating a fanlisting collective using WordPress, but I’ll give it a try.
And that would be it for now. Till next time!
On the sidenote...
- Us Filipinos love our meat… [↩]
- though I read that the Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter/Holy Week at a later date from us Catholics and other Western churches… [↩]
- I say some because there are a lot of other Christian sects out there who don’t follow the week before Easter at all… [↩]
- most ordinary Sunday masses only last about an hour, sometimes a little over, like fifteen minutes, for example… [↩]
- … and on the THIRD DAY, he rose again… – Nicene Creed/Apostles Creed [↩]
- I read some Latin American countries do the same thing too… [↩]
- The higher ups at the Vatican actually disapprove and condemn these types of practices, but these communities practice them anyway… [↩]
- and I wouldn’t want to, after all, as a kid, I can get traumatized easily. Let’s not get to that… [↩]
- some people don’t include eggs and dairy products, some people do [↩]
- they’re also known as neophytes. [↩]
- many of them probably don’t go to church every Sundays, but those who only come on special occasions like Christmas and Easter… [↩]
- not kidding on this one! [↩]
- doctor appointments and a few other things like auto repair appointments and things like that… [↩]