Processions Banned Again During Lent in Rizal Province and Marikina City – Manila Bulletin

Processions are again banned during Lent in the province of Rizal and the city of Marikina

Holy Week processions, which have been a long-standing Filipino tradition, will no longer be permitted this year.

In a letter to all the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Antipolo posted on the diocese’s social media sites and on the respective parish Facebook pages, Bishop Francis De Leon recalled his earlier statement issued on February 24 authorizing religious processions during observance. of Lent.

De Leon pointed to uncontrolled crowds which could cause a spike in Covid-19 cases and rising fuel prices as the two reasons for the ban on motorcades and motorcades during the Lenten season.

De Leon said: “I withdraw my statement and instead motorcades, including motorcades, will be banned for the following reasons:

1. If the crowd is not controlled, it can increase the cases of COVID-19

2. Consider the recent increase in gas prices

At the height of the lockdowns and quarantine restrictions from 2020 to 2021, some parishes in the diocese, which includes all of Rizal Province and the city of Marikina in Metro Manila, resorted to holding processions instead of processions, especially during Holy Week and the feast days of the patron saints.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Bon Voyage, otherwise known as Antipolo Cathedral and the Antipolo City Government, had earlier announced the cancellation of the “penitential march” or ” Alay Lakad,” a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday tradition in the city this year.

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