Holy week masses in Goa to take place with SOP’s

Even though Section 144 cast a shadow of doubt on whether Holy week services will happen or not, many parishes are going ahead with their planned masses which includes the Easter Sunday midnight and morning masses which falls on April 4th. All the standard operating procedures for Covid-19 will be maintained. If the government or archdiocese gives further clarifications, then the services will be stopped.

“The Section 144 order uses the word festivities, but these are liturgical services and not festivities. The Church is also not a public place, but a private place where people are coming for worship and not festivities. The circular is not clear,” a parish priest said. “The Holy week is a time for prayer, fasting and sacrifice and as long we follow SOPs of six feet distancing, sanitization and wearing mask there should be no objection. We are going to continue with our plan for all services and even midnight mass as these are not festivities.”

“The washing of the feet is not liturgical, it is just a commemoration of what Jesus had done during that time. We will be avoiding anything that is unnecessary during the pandemic. On Good Friday too, the faithful will be made to kneel or stand and pray in silence and venerate the cross from wherever their places instead of the 40-minute kissing of the cross tradition,” a parish priest from Benaulim revealed.

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