Thursday, 20 February 2020 05:28

CBCP Releases ADDITIONAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES ON COVID-19


Circular No. 20-06
 

February 20, 2020


TO:      ALL THE BISHOPS AND THE DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATORS
 

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, and Reverend Administrators,


RE:      ADDITIONAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES ON COVID-19


Greetings of peace in the Lord!


Following the World Health Organization (WHO) precautions in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and upon consultation with the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, we strongly recommend the following:

1. On Ash Wednesday, during the Imposition of Ashes, ashes can be imposed on the faithful by dropping or sprinkling a small portion of blessed ash on the crown of the head of the faithful with the prescribed formula.

In Baptism, we have been anointed on the crown of the head.  The ashes to be imposed on the crown signify our repentance from sin, which has marred the grace of Baptism. This is not an innovation but in accord with the ancient practice of the Church.

2. On Good Friday, during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, at the part of the Veneration of the Cross, we strongly recommend also that the faithful refrain from kissing or touching the cross for veneration. Instead the faithful are requested to genuflect or make a profound bow as they venerate the Cross.

As we begin the season of Lent, we are reminded of the constant call for renewal in our Christian life by self-control (fasting and abstinence), generosity and charity (almsgiving) and prayer. Our charity is also expressed in our concern for the well-being of our brothers and sisters, thus our utmost care and efforts towards the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you very much.


Sincerely yours in Christ, 

 
(signed)

+ ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
Archbishop of Davao
CBCP President    

 

 

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