May 10, 2021

The Vatican suggests that Easter processions take place in September

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments suggests that they be celebrated on September 14 and 15

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a statement in which it makes suggestions for celebrating Holy Week in the face of the spread of the coronavirus and suggests that the processions take place on September 14 and 15.

This Vatican institution whose prefect is Cardinal Robert Sarah explains in the document that the “expressions of popular piety and the processions that enrich the days of Easter and the Easter Triduum, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop, may be transferred to other convenient days , for example on September 14 and 15 “.

Therefore, the processions already suspended for this coming Easter could go out on those dates, if the bishop so decides.

The document gives freedom to the bishops, but establishes indications “in this difficult time in which we are living because of the Covid-19 pandemic considering the impediment to celebrate the liturgy communally.”

He explains that only the chrism mass, in which the oils that are used for the sacraments during the year are blessed, can be postponed, while it is not possible in the rest of the acts of Holy Week.

They ask that, even if the masses of the so-called Easter Triduum are made without people, “the faithful be notified of its beginning so that they can join in prayer from their own homes” and the use of the media and technologies to spread them is supported,

On Holy Thursday it is requested to celebrate the mass, even if it is not faithful, but to omit the foot washing ceremony, as well as the final procession that is celebrated at the end of the ceremony.

While on Good Friday priests are also urged to say Mass equally and “to establish a special intention for the sick, the dead and those who have suffered loss.”

In the Vigil mass celebrated on Saturday, the procession that takes place after lighting the candle is also omitted.

In the Vatican, although it was reported that the acts of Holy Week would be carried out without the faithful, it has not yet been communicated in what ways Pope Francis will decide to celebrate them and if the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing will occur or what will happen with the Way of the Cross, which It was traditionally held at the Colosseum in Rome. EFE


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