Monday, 23 March 2020 06:45

Seeing the light of God in the darkness amidst COVID-19

“When we are no longer in control then we look up to him who is in control.”

These were the words of Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, during the Online Sunday Mass held at the Chapel of the Holy Rosary in Manila on March 22, 2020, at 10 a.m.

“Mga kapatid, sa pangyayaring ito ng Corona Virus pandemic hanapin po natin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos sapagkat alam po natin ang Diyos ang may hawak ng kasaysayan. Kasaysayan ng bawat isa sa atin at kasaysayan ng mundong ito. Ang pangyayari ng Corona Virus ay maaaring isang paraan upang mas lalo nating makilala at tanggapin ang kapangyarihan ng Diyos,” Bishop Pabillo said.

 Screenshot from TV Maria’s live streaming of the Mass


In March 2020, the government declared Luzon and other places in the country under enhanced community quarantine, limiting the movements of the people to avoid the further spreading of the virus, but consequently depriving the people of their normal way of life, like going to school, offices, and doing their daily routines.

In compliance with the declaration of the government, the Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Statement on COVID-19 stating the cancellation of masses in all parishes from March 14-20. It was followed by another Pastoral Statement of all the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila extending the cancellation of masses to April 14 and thus suspending all the Holy Week activities.

In these trying times, Bishop Pabillo urged the faithful not to lose hope in the Lord because he is a God of mercy and compassion.

“Kaya tumawag tayo sa kanya, humawak tayo sa kanya. At ang Diyos po ay hindi nagba-balewala sa kahirapan ng tao kaya pinagaling niya ang bulag. May habag ang Diyos at hindi siya nagbabale wala sa kahirapan ng maraming tao ngayon dahil sa pandemic na ito. Bibigyan niya din tayo ng lunas. Bibigyan nya tayo ng liwanag. Darating din ang katapusan nito,” Bishop Pabillo said.

During the 30-day quarantine period, he asked the faithful to spend time with their family and do more things together among which is reading and sharing about the Word of God.

"Lord, let us pray that we may see and see your light in the darkness of our times. Nasa kadiliman tayo ngunit ang liwanag ni Kristo sana ay magbigay ng daan sa ating lahat," he said.

Bishop Pabillo presides the celebration of the Holy Eucharist broadcasted online every Sunday, at 10 a.m., during the quarantine period to continue bringing the faithful closer to the Word of God. This Mass is considered "Archdiocesan mass" as it encourages all the faithful within the Archdiocese, clergy and laity alike, to take part in the celebration even if online. No other online mass is broadcasted during that period.

The Mass is broadcasted via that RCAM SOCOM platforms: TV Maria,, and Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications and will be aired on TV Maria channels (Sky Cable ch210, TV plus ch. 29, Destiny Cable ch. 96, SkyDirect ch. 49, SatLite ch. 102, and Cablelink ch. 18). It will also be cross-posted on The Manila Cathedral and Quiapo Church Facebook page. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)  


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