Albay Catholic cemeteries closed on ‘Undas’

Albay Catholic cemeteries closed on ‘Undas’

By CBCP News

October 12, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Saying that Covid-19 cases in Albay is ‘alarming’, a Catholic bishop has ordered the closure of Catholic cemeteries in the province during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Bishop Joey Baylon of Legazpi said that the diocese will close Catholic cemeteries from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus.

“Since the Covid-19 cases in our province are still alarming, I deem it prudent to implement the closure of all the Catholic cemeteries in the diocese… except of course for the burial,” Baylon said in a circular dated Oct. 9.

He asked the faithful to instead visit their departed loved ones outside the said dates.

“I highly advise that visits must not be done in groups to avoid congregating in the cemeteries,” according to him.

The bishop also reminded priests that Masses and other pastoral services are not allowed in the cemetery “during these critical times”.

“All Masses are to be celebrated in the churches,” Baylon stressed.

He also said parishes may reproduce the “Novena Prayer for the Dead” and make it available to their parishioners.

Millions of Catholics usually visit cemeteries to offer prayers for their departed loved on Undas, the country’s annual holiday to commemorate the dead.

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