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Holy Week mass-gatherings in Cebu cancelled

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Religious activities that gather large crowds in the observance of the Holy Week in Cebu province and Cebu City have been cancelled by the Archdiocese of Cebu.


Friar Japeth Geonzon, vice chair of the Archdiocese’s Commission on Worship, said that the guidelines regarding Holy Week, were released by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.


Unlike previous years, there will be no foot procession in the observance of the Holy Week while Station of the Cross will still be allowed with limited attendants, Geonzon said.


Geonzon said that owners of private sites like the Q Park in Compostela, Cebu and Good Shepherd in Cebu City, may open their facilities, at their own discretion.


Should owners open their pilgrimage sites to the public during Holy Week, they have to ensure that health protocols be strictly followed, Geonzon said.
“If possible, they can just reflect on the Station of the Cross in their homes.

Or if they decide to go to the churches, they should just stay in their seats instead of the usual rites of going from one corner to another,” he added.


He advised the public to take advantage of the regular confessions instead of those being done during the Holy Week.


Easter vigil masses will not be held later than 6 PM to avoid violating the curfew hours during Black Saturday or Sabado de Gloria.


The Archdiocese will not allow the holding of “Sugat” or the depiction of Christ’s Easter resurrection, since the activity is known to attract huge crowds.

Photo: Rappler


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