Some traditional Lenten practices omitted due to COVID-19

The District Court has ruled that Catholic schools and parishes on island are part of the Archdiocese of Agana. (PNC file photo)

During this Lenten season, some traditional practices were omitted due to COVID-19.

Every year, Catholics observe the Lenton season for 40 days, preparing for Holy Week.

Catholics observe the Lenten season through prayer, sacrifice, and fasting, usually attending Mass and giving penance in person.

However, due to the pandemic, this Lenten season is much different from previous seasons.

Although the public can still attend Mass in person, online, or in the parking lot, those who wish to attend Mass in person must follow specific protocols.

With regard to holy week, traditional practices were omitted due to COVID-19.

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In an interview with Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo, Father Paul Gofigan stated that there was no washing of the feet on Holy Thursday and no altar of repose.

Good Friday traditions proceeded as usual. However, church-goers were not allowed to participate in the adoration of the cross, nor the traditional procession of Jesus’ body around the church.

Although this year is very different, Catholics can still honor the Lenten season, as churches remain open for services. However, those who wish to attend Mass and services in person are asked to wear a mask, remain socially distanced, and sanitize their hands.