Monday, 21 September 2020 14:47

Bishop urges Common Family Prayers at Home for All Souls’ Day

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila issued a Pastoral Instruction encouraging families to stay in their homes and pray for their loved ones who have gone ahead of them. The Pastoral Instruction entitled, “One with Our Beloved Dead” was released on September 21, 2020.

“Instead of going to the cemeteries on November 1 and 2, we can also set aside time together as a family in our homes and pray for those who have gone ahead of us. It is a good and holy thought to pray for the dead,” Bishop Pabillo said.

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila | File Photo: Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC

He also added that “It would also be good if we can share with the family members our recollections about our beloved dead so that their memory can bind us closer to each other."

He, however, explained to the faithful that they can still remember and pray for their departed loved ones by visiting the cemeteries on the other days before October 31 and after November 3.

Earlier in September, Metro Manila Mayors agreed to close all public and private cemeteries and memorial parks including columbaria from October 31 to November 3, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bishop recognizes the prudence of the decision made. “I commend our local executives for their care to prevent any upsurge of the disease. This was extended nation-wide by the IATF resolution 72 which came out on September 15,” he said.

In the Pastoral Instruction, the Bishop encouraged the faithful to attend the celebration of the Holy Mass on November 1 and 2 noting that “the Holy Eucharist is the best prayer that we can offer” because “all of us, living and dead, are united in the offering of Jesus in the Holy Mass”.

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila according to him, will celebrate more Masses on those days to accommodate more churchgoers observing proper physical distancing. The faithful are also requested to light candles for the dead as an external manifestation of prayers. According to the Bishop, “this can be done in areas provided by the parishes during the month of November.”

As the spread of the coronavirus in the country continues, many have lost family members who died because of the infection. And as protocol dictates, all those who have died were immediately cremated. The Bishop reminds the faithful not to keep permanently the urns containing the ashes of their loved ones in their homes.

“There is great danger of desecration in the future, especially when we are no longer around to look after and care for these ashes. So the ashes should be laid to rest in columbaria in the cemeteries or in churches. In this way too, other people outside of our families who would like to visit and pray for them can freely do so any time,” he said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)




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