Eucharistic masses to go on in Iloilo, Guimaras, but without churchgoers

Published March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Starting March 18, Roman Catholic churches in Iloilo City, Iloilo province and Guimaras province will hold Eucharistic masses without the presence of churchgoers as precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

PRAY—Two men kneel and pray behind a barricade inside the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City. With the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Archdiocese of Jaro will no longer allow the public to attend Eucharistic masses starting March 18 in Iloilo City, Iloilo province and Guimaras province. (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)
PRAY—Two men kneel and pray behind a barricade inside the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City. With the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Archdiocese of Jaro will no longer allow the public to attend Eucharistic masses starting March 18 in Iloilo City, Iloilo province and Guimaras province. (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“The COVID- 19 pandemic presents an evolving scenario. Together with the experts in health and the government, we respond to this pandemic in faith,” said Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo of the Archdiocese of Jaro.

Fr. Joenick Territorio, the archdiocese’s chancellor, explained Eucharistic masses will continue, but the lay faithful cannot attend.

“Although they cannot get sacramental communion, they can have the communion spiritually. With this situation, that’s what we can do at most,” noted Territorio.

Fr. Angelo Colada, the archdiocese’s social communications director, urged the lay faithful to join Eucharistic masses that will be broadcast via radio, television and social media.

The archdiocese reiterated it was following protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) and local governments to avoid large gatherings in an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Aside from Eucharistic masses, the archdiocese will also not allow the public to join activities for the Holy Week. The commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus will go on “without the public and congregational gathering.”

Meanwhile, guidelines were also laid out for other rites including confession, marriages, anointing of the sick, and funeral mass.

 

 
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