Bishop Cabantan’s Palm Sunday guide: non-public masses, virtual blessing of ‘lukay’
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/ 04 April 2020)—Parishioners will have to watch the Cathedral's Palm Sunday mass on Facebook tomorrow 6:30 a.m. and will have to raise their ‘lukay’ on their computer screens for benediction.
These are some of the guidelines set by Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan for the celebration of Palm Sunday, April 5.
Only one mass could be held in the San Isidro Labrador Cathedral, monasteries, and parishes and as became usual since the community quarantine, the public are not allowed to attend. The Bishop will only be assisted by priests while parish priests will be served by those who live in the convent including the nuns in the parish.
After the mass, a procession will be started at 9 a.m. Only the driver, the one in-charge to pray the rosary, the parish priest and assistant parish priest will join in the caroza.
The procession will start at the Cathedral, then proceed to the Bonifacio Drive, Pimentel Street, Heights Chapel, Sumpong Chapel, Highway, ICC Chapel, Azura Chapel, Km4 Chapel, San Jose, Laguitas, Casisang Chapel, Brgy 9 Chapel, Bishops House, and back to the Cathedral.
The public, who will not be allowed to join in the procession, can join in the rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Oratio Imperata for Coronavirus prayed using a public address system.
Parishioners are also asked to hang palm fronds by the windows and doors of their homes and to light candles in prayer at the scheduled time. According to the bishop, those who cannot watch the 6:30 a.m. mass will have to do this to have their palm fronds blessed even if the procession will not pass by their street.
Families are also encouraged to read and meditate on the Passion of Christ as written in the Gospel of Matthew.
The Cathedral mass will be live-streamed at the DXDB Radyo Bandilyo Facebook page.