Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula has asked the faithful to unite as a family and together pray for the souls of their departed loved ones on November 2, as going to the cemetery was not permitted in Manila on All Saints and All Souls day as part of the observance being implemented by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.
“Maaari tayong magsama-sama bilang pamilya; hindi man natin sila madalaw sa sementeryo, alam natin na ang mga panalangin na iaaalay natin para sa kanila ay tanda ng ating pagmamahal at pag-alaala sa kanila,” Cardinal Advincula told Radio Veritas.
Cardinal Advincula also encouraged the people to attend Mass and offer prayers and special intentions for their loved ones.
“Bagama’t sarado ang mga sementeryo, maaari pa din nating gunitain ang ating mga minamahal na yumao sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalay ng dasal at Misa para sa kanila. Maaari tayong magsimba sa November 1 at 2 at ialay ito para sa mga kapatid nating yumao,” the Cardinal said.
The Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission (ALC) of Manila has released a downloadable copy of the prayer for the deceased loved ones that each family can use.
Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced the closure of cemeteries in the country from October 29 to November 2 to prevent the people from gathering together and to keep them safe from the continued spread of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, Radio Veritas, the Catholic radio station operated by the Archdiocese of Manila has launched ‘PANALANGIN, PAG-ALALA, at PAGKILALA‘ where prayers for the deceased loved ones and E-Mass Card can be offered. Those who wish to offer may get in touch with Ms. Renee Jose of the station’s religious department at telephone numbers 8925-7931 to 39 local 129 or 0917-631-4589. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)