Prelate asks faithful to attend Mass, pray for the dead during 'Undas'

Published October 28, 2021, 1:45 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Since cemeteries will be closed to the public during this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, a Catholic prelate urged the faithful to go to church to attend Mass and offer prayers to their departed loved ones.

Bishop Mylo Vergara (Photo from Diocese of Pasig)

“Instead of going to the cemeteries on Nov. 1 and 2, since they are closed at these times, we can go to our parish churches to attend the Mass and offer prayers for our departed loved ones,” Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara said in his pastoral instruction dated Oct. 7.

He added that the Mass is the highest form of prayer one can offer to their departed loved ones.

Vergara asked parishes to be prepared in terms of health and safety protocols anticipating the influx of parishioners during the said days.

“I invite all the parish priests to designate a specific place where parishioners can light their candles and offer prayers for their departed loved ones,” he said.

As for those who cannot go to church to attend Mass on the said days, Vergara said, they can participate in the live streaming of Masses in their homes.

He said parishes should announce their online Masses schedule so that homebound parishioners can participate.

The prelate, meantime, warned the faithful against “fake priests” which are rampant during this time and season.

“Please be very careful about possible fake priests, who will be taking advantage of this commemoration, by offering fake religious services and rites for pay,” said Vergara.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) earlier ordered the closure of all cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

During All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), the faithful honor all the saints-known and unknown- and pray and visit their beloved dead in the cemetery.