The Manila Cathedral has already started the blessing of cremated remains on Sunday, October 4. The activity will be held after every Mass on Sundays until November 8.
The cathedral said that the blessing is in response to the government-mandate that all cemeteries and columbaria will be closed to the public on All Saints and All Souls Day. “The family may bring the urn and a picture of their beloved dead, and we will celebrate a worthy liturgical blessing for them,” a Facebook post of the cathedral said. (Read: Manila Cathedral Reopens Its Doors After Six Months)
Closing of Cemeteries
The government has earlier ordered the closure of cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbaria throughout the country from October 29 to November 4 to limit social gatherings come Undas season
Bishop Broderick Pabillo then called on Manila’s parishes to make churches more accessible to the faithful so they can offer Masses and pray for their departed loved ones. (Read: CBCP Backs Decision to Close Down Cemeteries During ‘Undas’)
Mass Intentions and Prayers
Mass intentions for the souls of the faithful departed can be offered in front of the marble relief of Mary, Refuge of Sinners. The Blessed Souls Chapel inside the cathedral is also open to everyone until November 9.
People can also light votive candles for their beloved dead in front of the exact replica of Michaelangelo’s Pietá. (Read: A Peek Inside the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican)
The Manila Cathedral is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.