Archdiocese of Manila sets “Day of Mourning” for COVID-19 Deaths

The Archdiocese of Manila will hold a special Mass that will honor and remember all those who have died because of COVID-19.

A Mass for the Dead will be held at the Manila Cathedral on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 9 in the morning with Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila as the presider and concelebrated by the priests.

“The whole Archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus; we bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones,” said Bishop Pabillo.

Last April, Bishop Pabillo issued a Pastoral Instruction titled, “Panginoon Kaawaan mo Kami” asking all parishes and religious communities to hold a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament on May 5-7, at 6 pm. The special intention will be for the frontliners (May 5), for the sick (May 6) and for the dead (May 7).

The Bishop encouraged the faithful to join in the live streaming of the said activities because Manila is still under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) where 30 percent of the Church’s capacity is allowed to come inside. This is following the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

According to the Department of Health website, as of May 6, 2021, a total of 1,080,172 people were infected with the virus with 63, 170 active cases. There are 999,011 who recovered while 17,991 died from the disease. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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