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    Pasiyam and 40 Days: Filipino Tradition of Prayers for the Dead

    The Pasiyam and forty days of prayer for the dead are traditions to offer novena prayers at the home of the departed that ends with a simple meal

    Both of them are reckoned from the day of the death of the loved one though some places people set it from the day of the first mass said for the soul of the dearly departed. The "ritual" simply consists of regular formulaic prayer, novena for the dead and several litanies that can be recited from memory by the "prayer warriors" probably due to almost everyday usage.

    pasiyam forty days novena prayers for the deada group of elderly women volunteers to say the novena prayers for the dead

    Why do Filipinos hold the pa-siyam or nine novena for the departed? One elder once mentioned it's for the departed to realize that he/she is already dead while the forty days prayer is similar to Jesus Christ's forty days stay on earth before the ascension, the dead's spirit is claimed to leave the earthly realm. (Tutubi is not an expert in theology nor in doctrines of different faiths so please leave a comment for other explanations)

    pasiyam forty days feastthe meal at the end of the lengthy prayers shared by the "prayer warriors"

    even the departed is offered food to share in the meal with a lighted candle

    inihaw na bangus grilled milkfishthe star of the 40 days feast that day was grilled milkfish

    On the first death anniversary another tradition marks the day called Babang Luksa when mourning has to end.

    Related Post:
    Burial customs, Traditions and Superstitions in the Philippines

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:09 PM,

    5 Comments:

    At Dec 13, 2009, 4:23:00 AM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    ang sabi nga daw kasi yung spirit nagwawander pa hanggang 40th day

     
    At Dec 13, 2009, 10:18:00 AM, Blogger ace said...

    wow, this is a really interesting tradition! i didn't know it was still practiced here. cool.

     
    At Dec 13, 2009, 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    there is nothing in Catholic theology about the rquierement of the 40 day padasal so it must be cultural, one of those practices handed down by our ancestors.

     
    At Dec 14, 2009, 3:08:00 PM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    elders say that the soul only goes to heaven after 40 days of wandering.

     
    At Aug 24, 2010, 6:21:00 PM, Blogger The Big Bax Theory said...

    we are about to do the nine novena for the departed or "pasiyam" for my father this thursday...

     

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