Monrovia, 05 April, 2020 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The government directive on social distancing aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 has had an influence on Holy Week celebrations in many nations of the world, including the West African country of Liberia where Catholic Bishops have issued guidelines that conform to the social distance restriction.
The country has reported seven confirmed cases of COVID-19.
In their April 1 collective statement with the guidelines, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) have directed that in places where there are restrictions around public gathering for worship, the lay faithful will “follow the celebration through live broadcast on social media.”
The Bishops have canceled gathering for procession that characterizes the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem celebrated as Palm Sunday, limiting the liturgy to church buildings.
“The commemoration of the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem is to be celebrated within sacred buildings; the second form given in the Roman Missal is to be adopted in Cathedral churches, while the third form is to be used in parish churches and in other places,” the Bishops have directed, referencing the April 5 ceremony.