By Analou De Vera
The Archdiocese of Caceres has “introduced some changes” in the traditional celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga City this coming September due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic.
In a circular released on Saturday, the Archdiocese encouraged the faithful to recite the traditional novena to the “Divino Rostro” (the Holy Face of Jesus) from September 2 to 10 and the novena to Our Lady of Penafrancia from September 11 to 19– at their respective homes.
“Novena prayers and family guide are available on the Archdiocesan website,” it said.
While the parishes will continue to hold novena Masses, the faithful must observe the necessary health protocols.
The Archdiocese said that the parishes will continue to conduct the “Pasungko ni Ina,” but without any form of procession before the month of September.
The Solemnity of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the fiesta Mass on September 20, will be streamed live from the Basilica Minore and the parishes “will be asked to air the livestreaming in their respective areas for the benefit of their parishioners.”
“We encouraged pilgrims and devotees from outside Naga City to attend the novena Masses at their respective parishes or the novena Masses aired through media and Internet,” said Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of Caceres.
The traditional Traslacion and the Fluvial processions as well as other forms of procession are cancelled this year, said the Archdiocese.
“While we cancel the traditional Traslacion and Fluvial processions, let us take this as an opportunity for the devotion to become more distinctive and rooted in our families, the domestic Church,” said Tirona.
“The changes in our celebration should inspire us to discover how our faith can lead us to be gentle and humble in receiving the grace of God in the face of this pandemic,” he added.