MANILA CITY – Two of the most popular churches in the Philippines are preparing for festivities for this year’s Holy Week which will commence on April 14 (Palm Sunday), the Philippine News Agency reported.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside all Masses during the Holy Week including the Palm Sunday Mass at 7 a.m., according to Manila Cathedral rector, Fr. Reginald Malicdem.
“We have the same schedules. All services to be presided by Cardinal Tagle,” he said.
Other activities at the cathedral include Chrism Mass at 7 a.m. and the 5 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper on April 18 (Holy Thursday), the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on April 19 (Good Friday) at 3 p.m., and the Easter Vigil Mass on April 20 (Black Saturday) at 8 p.m.
The rector said they are coordinating with the authorities and concerned agencies to secure people who will visit the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
“We are also coordinating with the Intramuros Administration, the police, and other agencies to ensure the safety of the faithful who will come to the Manila Cathedral,” he added.
On the other hand, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene will hold the usual activities during Lenten season, said Fr. Douglas Badong, Quiapo Church Parochial Vicar.
These are Pabasa ng Poong Mahal which will start at 3 p.m. on April 15 (Holy Monday) until April 17 (Holy Wednesday); the Senakulo at the Plaza Miranda at 7 p.m. on April 17 (Holy Wednesday), and Nazareno procession on Good Friday.
The priest is appealing to the devotees observe peace and order when participating in the church’s events.