Lagos, 05 June, 2020 / 6:13 am (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria announced, last Sunday, a gradual resumption of public Mass in anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions by the government early this week.
In a statement issued Sunday, May 31, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos directed that “public Masses are to be celebrated on Sundays only for now and between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. in order to ensure that people do not break the curfew.”
The Archbishop “strongly encouraged” Priests to ensure a limited gathering of those who attend Mass by making “more Masses available for the faithful.”
“Attendance at Mass should be strictly under the direction and supervision of the Parish Priest who must ensure that there is a record of Parishioners that attend each Mass,” Archbishop Adewale said and added, “This he can ensure either through the use of the Parish Database in determining those who attend or through decisions on who comes from the Small Christian Communities.”
In his statement, the Nigerian Prelate further directed that “only Priests should celebrate Mass without wearing masks.”