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LITURGY OFFICE ISSUES LENTEN GUIDELINES

  • March 1, 2022

The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy issues guidelines for Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent.

In a 5-page document, the Commission on Liturgy has already allowed religious processions during Lent and a revert back to the imposition of ashes on the forehead of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. According to the recent guidelines, these activities are permissible as long as there is close coordination with the local government units (LGUs) concerned in the area.

In an interview on the radio and online program Kwarenta, last March 1, 2022, Rev. Fr. Henry T. Donasco, Head of the Commission on Liturgy, explained that the Commission is likewise giving our parishes and chaplaincies the opportunity to determine what is allowable in their areas of concern given the varying regulations by local government units and the accompanying realities of the pandemic among local communities in the diocese. Fr. Donasco also advised that the parishes and chaplaincies are still to observe the minimum health protocols of sanitation and social distancing in the event of religious celebrations.

Two years after in the pandemic, the Diocese of Bacolod is slowly opening up to the participation by the faithful in onsite activities as the City of Bacolod is placed under Alert Level 1 and the province of Negros Occidental is on Alert Level 2 for COVID 19 at present.

The issuance entitled, “Liturgical Guidelines for the Observance of Lent, Holy Week and the Easter Triduum Celebrations 2022” was made public through Circular Letter No. 2022-005 by the Chancery last February 28, 2022.

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