The Church has extended its suspension of all masses and Holy Week celebrations to comply with the community quarantine imposed in Metro Manila to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
The suspension will remain in effect until April 14, 2020. Liturgical celebrations during the Holy Week will not be open to the public, and there will be no public blessing of palms, Visita Iglesia, Siete Palabras, Good Friday procession, and Easter Salubong. Filipinos may instead celebrate at homes through TV, radio, and online resources.
Baptisms, confirmations, and weddings may still push through provided that there will be “severe restrictions” on the number of attendees and participants and that social distancing will be observed.
The pastoral statement urged everyone to offer prayers for the world as it faces a public health crisis during all Fridays of Lent and to pray the Oratio Imperata, the Angelus, and the Holy Rosary during 12 noon and 8 PM every day.
Read the full letter here.
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