Palm Sunday: Faithful urged to use lockdown to reflect, pray 

    Lenten Masses were done online or on live TV broadcasts. (Screengrab by Deriq Bernard from the Live Mass at San Pablo City Cathedral)

    WITH the Holy Week coinciding with the final days of the enhanced community quarantine, the Catholic faithful are being encouraged to use the time for reflection and prayer.

    “Let us not mind so much that we are already in the fourth week of the lockdown. Let us not complain. But let us use this silence and inactivity of the lockdown this Holy Week to reflect and to pray,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Manila Archdiocese apostolic administrator, in his homily during the Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral,

    He said the faithful need not practice traditions for observing the Holy Week.

    “Let us find meaning of our faith and not the external manifestations of observing the Holy Week,” he said.

    He added: “Of course, after four weeks, there are already lots of complaints, not only of inconvenience, not only of boredom, but, even for some, because of great need. They might be hungry already. Let us join all these suffering to that of Jesus. He love us so much that He suffered for us,” said the prelate.

    Pabillo also those with more in life to share their blessings to those in need.

    The Catholic faithful observed Palm Sunday, which marks the start of the Holy Week. But instead of the usual sight of people waving palm fronds to be blessed by priests, families were forced to stay at home to watch the mass and the palm blessing on television or via social media.

    The coming week also marks the final days of the month-long enhanced community quarantine imposed in the entirety of Luzon due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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