Weddings are definitely tedious to prepare—tasting the food to be served, choosing the gown and venue, and choosing the sponsors, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. These are just some of the stressful preparations soon-to-be married couples go through for their big day.
However, because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there might be changes to preparations in line with the “new normal” we would be living.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the new administrator of Manila churches, announced that all remaining weddings in Manila churches for the year 2020 will have to be adjusted in terms of number of guests.
He says there would be no entourage—bridesmaids and maids of honor, groomsmen and best men—for the wedding, and only close family members will be allowed to attend the event.
“We allow only simple weddings this year, with only the bride and the groom with one set of sponsors and the immediate family,” Bishop Pabillo said. These temporary guidelines are put in place due to the “extraordinary situation” the country is facing now.
Baptisms, Confirmations, and Funerals
Aside from guidelines when it comes to weddings, the archdiocese is also implementing guidelines for other religious events such as confirmations and baptisms.
For baptisms, only one set of godparents will be allowed to attend along with the child’s parents. Churches are also ordered to increase baptism schedules in order for families to practice social distancing.
As for confirmations, the archdiocese has allowed churches to not hold confirmations this year. In special cases wherein adults need to be baptized or confirmed, parish priests are allowed to do so based on church discipline.
In the case of funerals, only the immediate family of the deceased will be allowed during the funeral Mass.
For regular Sunday masses, anticipated masses included, there will be a 30-minute interval in between. Saturday anticipated masses will now start at 3:00pm instead of 5:00pm. Holy water fonts will remain empty, and instead, hand sanitizers and foot baths will be available at the church entrance.
It is also encouraged that parishes stream these religious events online for those who cannot physically attend them.