The Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia, which makes the observance of the Lenten season the most colorful, profound and culturally rich in the region.

The nation is also marking this year 500 years of Christianity, which has undoubtedly influenced every aspect of the country’s life including traditions, rituals, festivities, as well as various art forms–paintings, murals, stained glass, sculptures, among others.

As we observe the Holy Week at the confines of our homes because of quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may these photographs of religious arts across the country help us reflect on the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Stained glass at Sorsogon Cathedral
Stained glass at Sorsogon Cathedral
Stained glass at Sorsogon Cathedral
Pagtaltal sa Guimaras passion play
Pagtaltal sa Guimaras passion play
Reenactment of Good Friday at Pamalandong Ha Palo
Santo Entierro carroza at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan
St. Joseph Church in Gasan
St. Michael Church in Argao
Third Station of the Cross relief sculpture at a church in Marinduque