“… Here, a somber procession of sorrow, led by the grieving Mother shrouded in a dark mourner’s veil, encounters a procession of light and triumph, joy and festivity, led by the Resurrected Lord. When Jesus meets his mother, her veil of sadness is removed by an angel of the Lord. She is elated in his life; he is gladdened in her elation…”- Fr. Joel Tabora
Easter Dawn ‘Salubong’ at St. Lambert, Skokie, IL
Organized by the Filipino Families of Skokie (FFOS), Salubong is an annual Easter Sunday celebration in St. Lambert Parish in Skokie, Illinois. Salubong is the Easter Dawn procession where the Blessed Mother meet the Resurrected Christ. This is a Filipino tradition rooted in the Ignatian spirituality.
“In Ignatius’ personal intimacy with Jesus and devotion to His Mother Mary, he noticed Sacred Scripture never mentions Jesus appearing to his grieving mother after his resurrection. But instead of being troubled by this, he argued that any person with right reason and a modicum of insight would understand that Jesus could not have done otherwise than appear first to his mother after his Resurrection.” says Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J.
The procession will start at 6:15 am before the Easter Sunday mass at 6:30 am. A reception will follow at Roberts’ Hall of St. Lambert church after the 6:30am mass.
Article sources: Easter Vigil Celebration by: Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. (www.philjesuit.net), www.catholic.org
Photo source: philippinefestivalss.blogspot.com