Archdiocese of Cebu appeals for understanding on cancellation of Holy Week activities

Published March 23, 2021, 9:31 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—The Archdiocese of Cebu appealed to the public to be more understanding after some major religious activities that are usually being held during the Holy Week were cancelled.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (CBCP)

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said only “simple and basic celebration of the Holy Week and Easter Sunday” will be allowed but the prelate reminded churches and devotees to strictly follow minimum health standards.

“All over the province (of Cebu), there will be no Visita Iglesia. There will be no processions too, or opportunities to gather together. We will be having just a simple and basic celebration of the Holy Week and Easter Sunday,” said Palma during the Chrism Mass and Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday.

Palma reiterated the guidelines that the Archdiocese has released in line with the upcoming Holy Week. The country will be observing the Holy Week from March 28 to April 3.

The guidelines included instructions to churches not to hold crowd-gathering events such as Visita Iglesia and processions.

“We are also asking for the public’s understanding considering that COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases are still rising,” the prelate added.

The Archdiocese’s Commission on Worship on March 2 issued the Guidelines for Lent, Holy Week, and Paschal Triduum Celebrations 2021 in time of COVID-19.

Under the guidelines, vigils on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, prayer meetings, Pasyon or Pabasa inside chapels or homes, and devotional processions such as Via Crucis on Fridays of Lent and within the days of the Holy Week, Pasos either on Holy Tuesday or Holy Wednesday, Visita Iglesia on Holy Thursday, Santo Entierro and La Soledad processions on Good Friday, Sugat at dawn of Easter Sunday are prohibited.