Hundreds expected to make pilgrimage up Mt. Tapochau


Everything is in readiness for today’s Good Friday trek up Mt. Tapochau, when hundreds of people make the trek up the mountain to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The walk to the highest point on Saipan will start off at 6:30am today, after the cross is taken down from Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Susupe at 4:30am.

Santa Soledad Parish priest Fr. Isaac Ayuyu said the members of the council of Santa Soledad will be going to Mt. Carmel Cathedral to prepare the cross and escort it to the base of Mt. Tapochau.

Ayuyu said they will have an opening prayer at the base of the mountain before the cross is carried to the top of the mountain.

“Youth of the parish will be doing the Stations of the Cross. Before erecting the cross, they will venerate the cross. Prior to that we will have a concluding prayer. We will recall the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross who cares for us, deeply loves us, and forgives us of our sins. I call on the people to start praying, loving, and forgiving each other.”

There will be 13 Stations of the Cross along the road up to Mt. Tapochau, with 14th being the cross itself that will be carried to the top.

The Holy Week will conclude on Sunday with a sunrise Mass at 5am on Mt. Tapochau.

Jayson Camacho | Reporter
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