Every year during Holy Week, Filipino Catholics would commemorate the season with a series of national and local observances. Some parish groups would arrange a Visita Iglesia across different towns, while others would hold events such as Passion plays, processions, and even festivities.
But with the ongoing pandemic and the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in place in Metro Manila and other provinces, a lot of changes have been made for this year’s Holy Week activities. For one, physical events have been prohibited, and parishes are holding Masses and liturgical celebrations via live stream. (Read: Here’s the Pope’s Message for the Start of Holy Week)
So if you are a Catholic faithful who wants to participate in Holy Week observances online, My Pope Philippines lists the remaining Masses and events for Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday that you should check out. Read below!
The Manila Cathedral, otherwise known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is holding online Mass celebrations via its Facebook page. For today, the Church is streaming the Stations of the Cross at 9:00 AM, followed by Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 PM. (Read: Manila Cathedral Joins Petition to Save San Sebastian Basilica)
For the complete schedule of Holy Week liturgies at the Manila Cathedral, click here.
Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz
Located in Binondo, Manila, the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz is popularly known as the only shrine in the Metro that is dedicated to the Filipino saint. Now, the parish is reaching out to the faithful beyond its church walls through online Masses and liturgies for the Holy Week.
Santuario de San Antonio
The Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City, is holding the Stations of the Cross via Facebook live today at 8:00 AM. This will be followed by other Holy Week liturgies such as the Seven Last Words, Divine Mercy Novena, and Celebration of the Passion of the Lord in the afternoon.
You may check out the parish’s Facebook page for their remaining activities for the weekend.
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu
The Cebuano church that is home to the miraculous Sto. Niño is also holding its Holy Week Masses and other liturgies online. (Read: Stolen Sto. Niño Image Found After 32 Years) For the afternoon of Good Friday, parishioners at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu will do live broadcasts of the Siete Palabras and Passion of the Lord. An online veneration of the Santo Entierro will also be held at 7:00 PM.
Here is the schedule of online Holy Week liturgies at the parish.
In observance of Good Friday today, the centuries-old Malate Church that is home to the blessed Our Lady of Remedies will hold an online Via Crucis via Facebook Live. In the afternoon, they will celebrate the Siete Palabras and the Lord’s Passion.
Check out their schedule of Holy Week activities here.