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Saturday, 04 July 2020 15:21

Quiapo Church reopens after lockdown

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church reopened to the public on Friday, July 3, 2020, after 14 days of lockdown.

"Ito yung simula nung quarantine, June 19 to July 2. Kasi itong July 3, first Friday ay nagsimula na kami ng Misa," Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church told the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
Photo Credit: Quiapo Church Facebook Page

The priests and staff of Quiapo Church underwent rapid testing that yielded negative results, and went through a quarantine period after a visiting priest tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

After re-opening, Msgr. Coronel said that Quiapo Church has five Masses a day (5 and 6 am, 12 noon, and 3 and 4 pm).

They allow 10 persons to come inside the church to hear Mass as set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Those who are not able to come inside may watch the mass in the LED monitors placed outside the church while observing physical distancing. Msgr. Coronel added that they have social distancing markers placed in Quezon Boulevard, Plaza Miranda and Carriedo to guide those who will attend mass outside the church.

He also said that those who are not able to attend Mass inside the church may enter every after mass for 15 minutes to say their private prayers before the image of the Black Nazarene.

The Church has started accepting religious services as well like funeral blessings and wedding ceremonies (conducted according to the guidelines of IATF). The Sacrament of Confession is also available in the morning and in the afternoon. Confirmation, however, is not yet celebrated.

Other religious activities like morning and afternoon prayers, praying of the rosary, and novena prayers to the Black Nazarene and San Roque are done online. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)