Coronavirus: Holy Week 2020 Goes Online Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Holy Week 2020 Goes Online Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

CORONAVIRUS – This year’s Holy Week will be celebrated online due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

All major events have been canceled due to the 2019 novel coronavirus threat. The deadly virus from China has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Governments have taken strict measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus from Wuhan City, China. The Roman Catholic Churches around the world suspended public masses to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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As part of the measures, Church leaders in Cebu City decided to celebrate the Holy Week 2020 online. Based on a report from Cebu Daily News, Archbishop Jose Palma will lead the celebration through a live stream during the quarantine. The Archdiocese of Cebu announced his schedule of masses.

Here is the schedule:

  • April 5, Palm Sunday at 8 am
  • April 9, Holy Thursday at 4 pm
  • April 10, Good Friday at 3 pm
  • Siete Palabras from 12nn to 3 pm (ABS CBN)
  • April 11, Easter Vigil Mass at 5:30 pm
  • April 12, Easter Sunday Mass at 6:30 am
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According to the report, the mass will be streamed at the Facebook Page of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Initially, the Archdiocese of Cebu planned that the local leaders will attend the mass.

The Holy Week activities will be simplified due to the absence of the churchgoers and choir. The lay ministers and priests will celebrate the mass via tv, radio, and online.

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On Palm Sunday, the parishes are going house-to-house to bless the palms of the devotees. Based on the report, priests are also encouraged to be creative for the ‘Seven Last Words.’

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