The second and third forms, Solemn Entrance and the Simple Entrance, do not entail long processions getting into the Eucharistic celebration.
In their March 16 message, Catholic Bishops in Kenya also discourage the organization of “official Church activity” within the country’s curfew hours.
In a bid to control the spread of COVID-19, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, on March 12, extended the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew that was first imposed in March 2020 for 60 days.
Kenya has recorded 116,310 cases of COVID-19 including 1,937 deaths and 89,061 recoveries.
In their 3-page statement, KCCB members also discourage the celebration of Easter Vigil Mass.
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However, they say, in cases where a Local Ordinary permits the Easter Vigil Mass at night, the liturgy “should end by 8.00 p.m.”
“It is not wise to unnecessarily expose ourselves and our parishioners to harassment and complaints from Civil authority,” the Bishops say in reference to the nationwide curfew.
They acknowledge that the guidelines for public worship amid the pandemic have not always been easy for the people of God in the country and add that the measures have always been taken “with a view to ensuring that the sacred mysteries be celebrated in the most effective way possible for our communities, while respecting the common good and public health.”
“We will return to our normal Liturgy very soon,” KCCB members say in their March 16 statement.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.