Sunday, 04 October 2020 17:06

Manila Cathedral to Bless Cremated Remains

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or more popularly known as the Manila Cathedral, will be blessing the urns of cremated departed in all the Sundays from October 4 to November 8, 2020.

According to the statement released by the Manila Cathedral, this will serve as a response to the pastoral instruction, “One with our Beloved Dead”, of Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila.

“From October 4 to November 8, in all our SUNDAY Masses, we will be having the Rite of Blessing of Cremated Remains. The family may bring the urn and a picture of their beloved dead, and we will celebrate a worthy liturgical blessing for them. This is in response to the call of Bishop Broderick Pabillo to make our churches welcome places of prayer and consolation especially for families who lost a loved one in this time of pandemic,” says the statement posted on a Facebook post of the Manila Cathedral.

The faithful are encouraged to bring the urn and a photo of their departed loved ones which will be blessed after every mass.

According to the pastoral instruction released by Bishop Pabillo last September 21, 2020, he encouraged the parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila to devote additional masses for the departed especially with the temporary closure of cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaries this coming Undas. Earlier, Malacañang has issued the order to close all cemeteries in the country from October 30 to November 4, 2020,

This move is to avoid the occasion of mass gatherings of people at the cemeteries which may cause the further spread of the virus especially in public places.

The Archdiocese of Manila has recently released a prayer that can be recited by every family within their respective homes as observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, when Filipinos faithful practice the tradition of remembering and praying for their departed. (Fatima Llanza / RCAM-AOC)


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