Archdiocese of Manila calls for a Day of Charity on Holy Thursday

In a Pastoral Instruction released on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Manila Apostolic Administrator Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo calls for a day of Charity on Holy Thursday by showing love and care to the poor people.

“During the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, the Lord Jesus gave us the new commandment to love one another as he loved us. We concretely show this love by caring for the poor. Let every parish distribute material help to people who are most affected by the lack of food during these days of the pandemic,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“You can use the amount you have collected for the Alay Kapwa program since the beginning of Lent. I would like to invite those who still have something to spare to augment this collection to feed the hungry,” he added.

The Pastoral Instruction issued by the Bishop highlights the activities for the Holy Week celebration for the Archdiocese of Manila that covers the city of Manila, Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Makati. Masses in parishes will resume beginning March 24, 2021, with a 10 percent seating capacity.

“We follow the minimum standards of the health protocols but we continue to pray and worship the Lord,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“Let the worshippers be spread apart within our churches, using the health protocols that we have been so consistently implementing,” he added.

Bishop Pabillo also restricted religious activities outside the parishes like senakulo, pabasa, processions, motorcades, and visita iglesia.

The government has earlier announced the restriction of mass gathering including the celebration of public Masses in Metro Manila and the provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, and Bulacan from March 22 to April 4, 2021, to further prevent the surge of COVID-19.

In an interview with Bishop Pabillo during the Veritas Pilipinas Program of Radio Veritas on the issue of violating the rules of IATF, he mentioned the principle of subsidiarity in the church.

“Ibig sabihin, magbibigay tayo ng instruction tapos ang titingin niyan, kung paano ipatupad iyan ay depende sa mga local na mga simbahan natin, sa mga local organizations natin,” he said.

“Kaya ang pastoral instruction, ang sinabi diyan kung magbubukas tayo, not more than 10 percent. Pero depende po sa pari natin at sa kanyang mga pastoral leaders kung sa kanilang lugar ay pwede silang magbukas,” he added.

According to the Bishop, the Archdiocese of Manila will issue a clarificatory note on the said matter. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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