Sunday, 22 March 2020 10:26

Keep the Lord’s Day holy amid COVID-19


"Dear friends, let us keep the Lord's Day holy in our homes even in these extraordinary times." This is how His Excellency Broderick S. Pabillo, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila emphasized the importance of Sunday Masses.

 Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC


The Archdiocese of Manila released a Pastoral Instruction called 'How to Make the Lord's Day Holy' in the context of COVID-19 outbreak which was released on March 21, 2020.

Bishop Pabillo gave some recommendations to the faithful on how to spend Sundays sacred as the Lord's Holy Day despite the community quarantine set by the government which the Archdiocese of Manila heeded:

- We take time to nourish our faith by prayer and the reading of the Scriptures.

- It is good to participate in the online Mass as a family.

- Take time to pray together, especially the family rosary, and even to read the Word of God together.

- Since we are just at home we can have some family games or storytelling. These moments of laughter and jest will ease our boredom and will be treasured by all, young and old alike, later on.

- If each family gives some food or some money to one or two other persons on Sunday in their vicinity, we would be helping many people as church and be spreading the joy of the Lord’s Day to them.

The newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of Manila asked the faithful for prayers and to extend assistance to every family and to those who are in need.

 "Let us offer our Sundays to the Lord by our prayers as a family, by enjoying our love for each other, and by going out of our way to help one or two needy persons around us," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado-RCAM-AOC)

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