Best Movies to Watch for the Holy Week
Being the only Christian nation in Asia and the home to over 70 million Roman Catholics, the Philippines is where you can see a significant number of people religiously observing the Holy Week. From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, different Filipino Lenten celebrations and traditions can be seen in every corner all throughout the week.
For the most part of the week, processions and masses are held. Several rituals are also done through which people reflect on the sacrifices of the Son of God to save mankind. These practices include the Palaspas, Pabasa, Sinakulo, Visita Iglesia, Siete Palabras, Penitensya, and Salubong.
During the Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday), establishments are closed, students don’t have to go to school, and the adults don’t have to go to work. While a good number of Filipinos spend the whole week participating in different events, some prefer to stay home. And during this time, parents usually have their kids watch films that help deepen one’s faith in the Lord.
Top Movies to Watch for the Holy Week
Here are eight of the best movies to watch for the Holy Week that will get you closer to the very reason we observe this week-long holiday.
1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Released in 2004 and directed by Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ details everything that happened during the final twelve hours of Jesus’s life. While the violence in the film might not be a scene children could feast on, it nevertheless remains one of the best movies for the Holy Week and one that just cannot be missed.
2. Himala (lit. Miracle, 1982)
Almost four decades since its release, Himala is still one of the best Filipino movies, and Aunor’s performance in the film remains her best. Himala‘s popularity and the critical acclaim sends it to the top of the list of Filipino cult films.
3. Son of God (2014)
4. Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Based on real-life events, Heaven Is for Real is about a young boy who meets God as he undergoes surgery. And now a father is determined to share his son’s story to the world and spread message of faith, hope, and love.
5. Miracles from Heaven (2016)
6. God’s Not Dead (2014)
7. Makiusap Ka sa Diyos (lit. Make a Plea to God, 1991)
Starring Ruffa Gutierrez and Christopher de Leon, Makiusap Ka sa Diyos is one of the best movies to watch for the Holy Week for the sole reason that it makes you realize a lot of things about faith and forgiveness.
Sure, a two-hour film is not enough to change your beliefs, but it pays to open our mind and heart to the stories that helped shape the world we live in now.