The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many sectors to adapt and be creative in handling the most normal of activities. One of those is the Catholic church, which has adopted certain safety precautionary measures amid the new normal.
For one, the Church has switched to online Masses since mass gatherings are not allowed under the strict quarantine protocols imposed by the national government. (Read: A list of PH churches where you can hear Holy Mass during the quarantine) Weddings and baptisms have also adapted to the new normal as they are celebrated now without the customary large crowds. (Read: Here’s what you can expect on 2020 weddings, baptisms, Sunday Masses)
While the government has already allowed religious gatherings with limited participants and strict quarantine protocols, some parishioners still opt to hear Mass online in order to be safe. Their concern, however, is that they cannot take the Holy Communion.
This is why the churches came up with a rather unique idea—to give the Holy Communion to online Mass-goers via drive-thru!
May "drive-thru communion" sa Sto. Niño de Praga Parish sa Cogeo, Antipolo City para sa mga dumalo sa online Mass. | via Greg GregorioPosted by News5 on Sunday, September 6, 2020
In an image shared by News5 on Facebook, a priest at the Sto. Niño de Praga Parish in Cogeo, Antipolo City, is seen handing a host to a parishioner in a car. The post, which has been shared more than 200 times as of writing, garnered mixed reactions from the internet community.
Some netizens praised the Church for the idea of “drive-thru Communion,” saying that it is an innovative way to encourage more people to keep the faith amid the pandemic. Others, however, called the initiative as an “irresponsible” act that only pushes the faithful to go out despite the dangers of COVID-19. (Read: 3 Secrets to Protect Yourself From Viruses In Crowded Places)
But contrary to popular belief, the Sto. Niño de Praga Parish is not the first Filipino parish in to explore drive-thru Communion. Earlier in May, priests at The Lord’s Transfiguration Parish in Angeles City, Pampanga also distributed the Host to devotees who participated in an online Mass from vehicles parked outside. The move was also met with various reactions from netizens.
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