Bishops preparing directives for Easter celebrations

A lit cross is pictured before Pope Francis leads a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations in front of Colosseum in Rome March 29, 2013. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION TRAVEL) - RTXY27A

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The dioceses of Malta and Gozo are preparing a set of directives for Easter celebrations. The directives are being prepared in line with the guidelines published Vatican department.

A spokesperson for the Curia told Newsbook.com.mt explained that the Maltese Bishops are preparing a set of directives regarding these celebrations in Malta.

The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines on Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic, which say that all these celebrations should be suspended.

The document recommends that bishops postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It indicates how priests and bishops can offer those celebrations which cannot be moved, such as Easter, in places where public liturgies are suspended.

The decree was signed by the congregation’s prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah and Secretary Archbishop Arthur Roche and authorized “by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, for the year 2020 only,” meaning that the recommendations cannot be used in future years.

The document says that Easter is not like any other feast, as it is the heart of the entire liturgical year and cannot be transferred to another time. However, the document gives the bishops faculties to postpone the Chrism Mass of Holy Week.

Newsbook.com.mt is broadcasting daily mass at 9:30am, prayer at 3pm and the rosary at 5:30pm followed by mass. The Diocese of Gozo is also broadcasting daily mass from Ta’ Pinu, at 8am and 6:30pm Monday to Saturday, as well as 10am and 6:30pm on Sundays.

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