Saturday, 14 March 2020 02:47

Catholic Churches in Manila cancel Masses amidst COVID-19

The Archdiocese of Manila canceled the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Churches, as well as other public gatherings in the parishes.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, released a pastoral letter, "A Call for Charity for the Common Good" on March 13, 2020, Friday, in response to the threat of the contagious virus and help prevent its spread.

"The alert level for the COVID-19 has now been raised to Code Red sub-level two. We are enjoined to avoid large gatherings of people to avert the further spread of the virus. We heed this call not with panic but with care for charity to others and the common good," Bishop Pabillio said.

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Churches under the Archdiocese of Manila will not hold public celebration of the Holy Mass from March 14, Saturday, until March 20, Friday.

"From March 14 onwards let all the bells of our Churches be rung every twelve o'clock noon and eight o'clock in the evening to call all the people to pray the ORATIO IMPERATA prayer to fight the virus,” Bishop Pabillo said.

The Bishop also urges the faithful together with their families to gather at eight o'clock in the evening to pray for divine protection.

He also directed that the Churches and places of prayer under the Archdiocese of Manila should always be open for the faithful to have a place to pray. Sanitizers or alcohol should be available at every entrance of the Church and should be regularly cleaned.

He encouraged everyone to make use of the different platforms of media like Radio Veritas, TV Maria, Quiapo Church live streaming and other social media channels for a regular broadcast of Masses and other religious activities.

Amidst the fear of COVID-19, Bishop Pabillo said that this can be an opportunity to be more present to our loved ones and to the Lord. He asked the faithful to invoke the intercession of the Blessed Mother, as together we pray for the recovery of the sick and the protection for those who are well, most especially those who serve in medical institutions.  (Fatima Llanza/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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