Archdiocese of Manila issues updated protocols, reminders for liturgical celebrations post-pandemic

Following the government’s lift on the country’s public health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula released an updated protocols in celebrating liturgical celebrations in the Archdiocese of Manila.

In the latest circular issued on August 10, Cardinal Advincula ran through several instructions to help ensure the continuous safety of both the clergy and the faithful as he reiterated the appeal of Philippine bishops to return to churches, especially during Sunday Masses.

The updated protocols included optional wearing of face masks and continuous use of alcohol for hand sanitation, as well as expressing proper gestures as a sign of peace and holding Masses outside the church exclusive for gravely ill persons and for Funeral Masses “in corpore presente” or when bodily or cremated remains of the deceased are still present at home.

He also provided reminders on priests wearing proper vestments and re-catechizing the community on the reverent reception of the Holy Communion in accordance with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM).

Moreover, the Archbishop of Manila gave emphasis on bringing the church closer to the people through the parish’s Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the Sick (EMHCS) to administer the partaking of the Body of Christ to those who are ill and by intensifying the practice of Eucharistic Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament by keeping adoration chapels open, safe and well-ventilated.

The said circular reaffirmed the call of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through its exhortation last year entitled “Encouraging the Faithful to Return to Sunday Masses” stating that “circumstances permit and oblige us to return to the normality of Christian life, which has the Church building as its home of the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist”. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)


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