Indoor Palm Sunday, online masses, priest-less confessions: Holy Week in the time of COVID-19
CBCP orders parishes and faithful to honor quarantine measures while still practicing religion in other ways this Holy Week
Apr 2, 2020
For the large Filipino Catholic population, Holy Week is a very important time of the year in their practice of faith. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent implementation of enhanced community quarantine, many are finding different ways to still observe it without the usual mass gathering.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently issued a circular following a Vatican order containing recommendations for Holy Week celebrations.
“[These measures] should help us find the balance between the worthy celebration of the liturgy of the Rites of Holy Week and the call of our health and civil authorities to help stem the rapid transmission of the Coronavirus Disease,” said CBCP in a statement.
Recommendations include avoiding concelebrations during the Holy Week and instead be made available through live coverage on radio, television and social media.
Pastoral Guidelines in Time of the Covid-19 Health Emergency for the Celebration of Holy Week in the Diocese of…
In the absence of the usual congregation during Palm Sunday, the Vatican Guidelines says “the faithful [should] follow this through radio, television and social media, the blessing of their palms or any leaf branches is imparted by the Scriptural Reading and Prayer of Blessing during the celebration. In their homes there is no need for holy water for the blessing of their palm branches.”
Likewise, other Paschal Triduum celebrations from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday like Chrism mass, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Passion of the Lord and Easter Vigil are to be observed without crowds.
Both religious organizations acknowledge the difficulty of celebrating the Sacrament of Confession, an essential act encouraged during Holy Week, amid the COVID-19 crisis. To assuage concerns from Catholics, Pope Francis suggests that in the absence of a priest speak to God. “He’s your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.”
Maintaining the solemnity of Holy Mass online
Archdiocese of Manila administrator Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo advices that since all masses will be held and streamed online, proper churchgoing decorum should still be observed. Among these is reading the excerpted scripture before the mass and as being 100 percent present even if that means letting go of that cup of morning coffee.
The archdiocese added that in their respective ecclesiastical jurisdictions, church bells will be tolled at 12 p.m. and at 8 p.m. for the praying of the Oratio Imperata and the Angelus at noon and rosary in the evening.
They also released a guide on how to celebrate Holy Week with the family at home here:
Read: The Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission-Manila releases FAMILY CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK AND EASTER TRIDUUM AT…
Online mass and celebration schedules
The same CBCP circular orders churches to publicize online mass schedules prior to the date of celebration, so here are a few from major churches in Metro Manila that you can bookmark and tune into for Holy Week.
Aktibidad para sa MGA MAHAL NA ARAW na inyong aantabayanan via LIVE STREAMING.[PAALALA] Manatili lamang po tayo sa…
Our schedule of live stream for the Holy Week Services here at our Mother Church, the Manila Cathedral.
REMINDERS for our Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations.Please be guided accordingly.
Schedule of Holy Week Online Activities in the Diocese of Cubao#CubaoMedia
Narito po ang schedule ng ating livestream ngayong Semana Santa.Antabayanan po ang karagdagang updates dito sa ating Facebook page. Salamat po!
Tayo po ay magkakaroon ng Online Palm Sunday Mass and Palm Blessing ngayong Linggo at 7am (dito po sa Olmcp FB) na…
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REVISED SCHEDULE OF HOLY WEEK ACTIVITIES 2020 to be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/sjbmakatiThese activities will be…
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