The Bishop of the Canary Islands has decided to suspend the Stations of the Cross and other public celebrations of piety prior to Easter and has recommended to the faithful of older age or in vulnerable health that they follow the masses on television and radio in the coming days, instead of of in their parishes.
In a statement, officials from the Diocese of Las Palmas province announce the steps they have taken to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
To this end, the Bishopric asks all its priests to suspend catechesis classes until after Easter, to postpone the confirmations and to follow the advice they issue at any time for the celebration of weddings, baptisms, funerals and masses. health authorities.
“Before the celebrations of the planned first communions, we invite the parish priests to face this issue, in dialogue with the families, within due prudence and the instructions of the health authorities,” he added.
It also provides that holy water be removed from the temples, that the gesture of giving peace be suppressed for now, that any act of veneration of sacred images respect the precaution of not touching them and that priests give their parishioners communion in hand.
“The priests and extraordinary ministers of the Communion are reminded of the need to wash their hands with soap and use disinfectant gel before and after the distribution of Holy Communion,” emphasizes the Bishopric, which urges that “cleansing be reinforced and hygiene of all the public places of the church “.
However, it also makes a general recommendation to all its parishes so that “the temples remain open, as usual, to favor the visit to the Blessed Sacrament and personal prayer”