MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholic Filipinos will flock to their churches to receive holy ash on their foreheads —a ritual that kicks off the observance of the annual Lenten season.
But as part of the Catholic Church’s precautionary measures in connection with the coronavirus threat, some changes will be implemented this year.
In Caloocan, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has suggested that instead of marking a cross, dry ash will be sprinkled on people’s foreheads. However, for the protection of priests and other clergy, only church attendees wearing N95 facial masks will be given the sprinkled ash.
Elsewhere, the marking with ash will be totally scrapped in favor of using thermal scanners on people’s foreheads to check for temperature that could be a sign of infection with COVID 19. Those with temperature will be immediately referred to the Department of Health for investigation and possible quarantine. Ambulances will be on standby outside the churches.
A spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told The Adobo Chronicles that the measures are but part of the Catholic’s commitment to do its share in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
As the bible says, the shepherd will protect his sheep at all cost.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Let’s give it to the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is being very proactive against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Today, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced that it has ordered the temporary closure of all churches across the country as a way to curb the possible spread of coronavirus.
Earlier, the CBCP advised Catholics to refrain from kissing the ring of their bishops, holding hands during the recitation of “The Lord’s Prayer” and shakng people’s hands or kissing and hugging them during the the “Peace be with you” portion of the Holy Mass. But it feels these measures were not enough.
”It was a difficult decision for the bishops to order the closure of all churches, realizing the virus could easily be spread in crowded environments like the Sunday masses,” a CBCP spokesperson said.
”We’ll just find other ways to raise funds that would be lost from our Sunday collection baskets,” the spokesperson said.
By Crispulo Bacud Tappa
And Leni appeared before a crowd, brought out and gave 5 pandesal each.
She then brought out mineral water from Maynilad and Manila Water, and gave each person one cup to drink.
Behold, a miracle did not happen for there was no fish.
But the news media took her photos just the same and her visit to Taal became today’s headlines to tell the whole world that Leni made a miracle when there was none.