Faithful to observe Holy Week traditions, masses online

Published March 28, 2021, 9:09 AM

by Christina Hermoso

As the holiest time of the year for Roman Catholics begin today, Palm Sunday, the faithful will have to, once again, observe Holy Week traditions and masses online after the government placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal under enhanced community quarantine for the second time following the spike in COVID-19 cases.

In an announcement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, the implementation of the ECQ begins tomorrow, March 29 until Easter Sunday, April 4.

The government earlier allowed religious gatherings in places of worship like churches for a limited capacity of 10 percent. But with the re-implementation of the ECQ, this will no longer be allowed as the public are strictly advised to stay home.

Archdioceses and dioceses in the affected areas have announced the airing of holy masses online via their websites or Facebook pages. Holy Week traditions such as the praying of the Stations of the Cross, the Seven Last Words, and the Easter Vigil will also be aired online.

Other Holy Week observances such as the Senakulo (Passion plays), processions, the pabasa, and motorcades will not be held.

Because of the pandemic, this is the second time that the faithful are observing the Holy Week at home.