AS THE threat of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to weaken, the Archdiocese of Cebu has further eased its health protocols in churches.
Based on Circular No. 6/23, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said they have decided to loosen some of their health protocols in time for the observance of the Holy Week.
"Please take note of the following updates from said Commission in our liturgical protocols as we approach the latter weeks of our Lenten season," said Palma.
"We are now reverting to the proper celebrations of the liturgy according to the norms," he added.
In regard to the Holy Communion, the prelate said it may now be given on the tongue, although giving it on the hand is "still the safest and preferred way" of receiving Holy Communion.
Palma also said announcing the text "The Body of Christ" by the priest, in general, is now optional as the lay ministers are now encouraged to say it to each communicant.
The archbishop also declared that the wearing of face masks in churches is now optional.
He added pastors and church personnel are continuously encouraged to provide sanitation materials, such as alcohol, at the main door of the churches.
As for Holy Week activities, Palma said that during the adoration of the cross on Good Friday liturgy, the faithful are still encouraged to make the gesture of genuflection before the cross, instead of kissing and touching it.
Palma said that the faithful inside the church are permitted to touch the images but not kiss them after the devotional street procession on Good Friday. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)
April 01, 2023
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