Tuesday, 09 June 2020 17:44

Quiapo Church holds mass after ECQ

Quiapo Church has reminded the faithful to strictly follow the safety health protocols implemented by the government with the recommendation of medical health experts.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, also known as Quiapo Church, re-started their public celebration of masses last June 5, Friday after the 3-month lockdown in Metro Manila.

“Sa ating mga deboto na dadalaw sa Quiapo, sundin po natin ang mga safety protocols yung guidelines, pumila tayo ng maayos at maghintay upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapagdasal sa loob ng simbahan,” said Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church, during an interview at Radio Veritas regarding the opening of public masses in Quiapo Church.

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Fr. Badong, who is also anchor of Radyo Veritas Program Barangay Simbayanan, explained that 10 people are allowed to attend mass inside Quiapo Church accordingly to the guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

If there is no celebration of the Mass, the Church allows 50 people to pray inside but they are asked to stay only 15 minutes to give way to other devotees who want to see and pray to the statue of the Black Nazarene.

Fr. Badong stated that the faithful must pass through the main entrance of the Church to enter and have their body temperature checked by personnel. After that, they are required to sanitize their hands before entering the Church.

The Church has also strictly implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the church, such as wearing face masks and observing physical distancing. The tradition of kissing the Black Nazarene Statue is not yet allowed.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has allowed religious gatherings but with limited attendees to a maximum of 5 in the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) areas, a maximum of 10 in the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas, and 50 percent capacity in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas.

The Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine was declared on March 15, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC) 


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