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Filipino Catholics Urged To Pray 10 Hail Mary’s, 10 Our Tatay’s For Covid Healing

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Catholic Church has urged Filipinos to turn to daily prayer for the country’s healing from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of this writing, the country has seen well over 100,000 confirmed Covid cases and more than 2,000 deaths.  It is also now in its 5th month of lockdowns.

Catholic bishops are asking the Catholic Faithful to pray 10 Hail Mary’s at noon every day starting August 15 to ask that the Philippines be healed from the scourge brought about by the coronavirus.

In addition, the bishops also asked Filipinios to pray 10  Our Tatay’s (Our Father) for an end to all community quarantines and lockdowns across the country. It was in reference to Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who is fondly called ‘Tatay Digong’ by many.

The power of prayer.

’Our father, who art in Malacañang…’


CBCP Issues New Guidelines For Church Weddings

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It goes without saying that one of the sectors most negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines is the Catholic Church. One could only imagine the extent of lost revenue from Sunday collections, baptisms, funerals, and yes, church weddings.

But slowly and surely, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is reinstating church ceremonies, starting with weddings, albeit with new, strict guidelines and requirements to comply with appropriate health safety protocols.

Here are the new guidelines for Filipino couples wishing to contract matrimony in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ):

1. The bride and groom, sponsors, entourage and guests must all submit a certificate that they have tested Covid-19 negative in a PCR test.  The test must have been conducted no earlier than seven days before the day of the wedding.

2. The bride and groom must wear a face mask and a face shield throughout the ceremony. This is for the protection of the officiating priest and altar boys. All others must wear a face mask.

3. The total number of church attendees must not exceed 30 people. However, the church will allow live streaming via Facebook or Zoom to enable more people to witness the ceremony.

4. Throughout the ceremony, the bride and groom will stand, sit or kneel six feet apart.

5. The bride and groom must disinfect with alcohol or sanitize each time they hold hands during the ceremony.

6. No live singers or choir will be allowed due to the danger of respiratory droplets being spread.

7. There will be no kissing of the bride after the church ceremony.

8. The newly-wedded couple must sign a promissory note to sleep in separate bedrooms for 14 days from the day of the wedding.

9. In addition to the usual wedding fees, the wedding party will be asked to pay a surcharge of 30-50 percent, depending on the size of church, to cover the cost of disinfecting the church before and after the ceremony.

10. As always, any additional donations to the church will be highly appreciated.



Anti-Liquor Ban Movement Grows In The Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – For more than 75 days now, many Filipinos have religiously followed government-imposed protocols to help their country deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Including observing the liquor ban.

But there comes a point when people have had enough. They want their alcohol. Not the 75% or 99% used as disinfectant against the coronavirus.

However, peace-loving Filipinos are not resorting to riots like those that are spreading like wildfire across America. Rather, they are mounting their anti-liquor ban surely but calmly.

Pastor Elon Mask (not his real name), threatened to drink all the Mompo (mass wine) in the sacristy of his parish church, while appetizing on hostia (sacramental host.)

Chef Yeow Can Cook posted on his Facebook page the three top reasons why he thinks the liquor ban should be lifted immediately.

Kristian Bornagain, meanwhile, told The Adobo Chronicles he has been praying fervently to St. Edward, patron of pandemic victims, to protect him and his loved ones from the corona virus, while asking San Miguel (St. Micahel) to intercede with officials to lift the liquor ban.

Will these appeals fall on deaf ears?