Archdiocese of Cebu cancels crowd-drawing Holy Week events

Published March 12, 2021, 2:49 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The Archdiocese of Cebu will not hold religious activities that may attract mass gatherings during the observance of the Holy Week.

Fr. Japeth Geonzon, vice chair of the Archdiocese’s Commission on Worship, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has released guidelines in connection with the Holy Week observance.

Geonzon said that unlike in previous years, there will be no foot procession in the entire observance of the Holy Week. Holding of Station of the Cross will still be allowed but only with limited attendants.

Geonzon said it will be up to the owners of private pilgrim sites such as the Q Park in Compostela, Cebu and Good Shepherd in Cebu City if they will open their facilities to the public.

Should these pilgrim sites will be accessible to the public during the Holy Week, owners must ensure that health protocols will be strictly enforced, said Geonzon.

“If possible, they can just reflect on the Station of the Cross in their homes. Or if they decide to go to the churches, they should just stay in their seats instead of the usual rites of going from one corner to another,” said Geonzon.

Geonzon also advised the public to take advantage of the regular confessions instead of those being done during the Holy Week.

During Black Saturday or Sabado de Gloria, Geonzon said Easter vigil masses will not be held later than 6 p.m. to avoid violating the curfew hours.

On Easter Sunday, Geonzon said the Archdiocese will not allow the holding of “sugat” or the depiction of Christ’s Easter resurrection especially that the activity is known to attract huge crowd.