For fear of the dreaded Coronavirus disease, the Catholic Diocese of Lagos has suspended their conventional practice of Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays.
According to a statement issued by the Diocesan authority, this is to reduce the gathering of people because of a case of the disease recently recorded in the state.
The Diocese enjoined faithful to observe the traditional practice of Stations of the Cross in their respective homes.
Also suspended is the shaking of hands during the time for Signs of Peace during Mass.
The statement signed by the Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, read in part:
” In the light of this present circumstance, we hereby instruct as follows, till further notice:
- The shaking of hands during the time for the Sign of Peace during Mass is suspended for the time being.
- During this season of Lent, in order to reduce the number of gatherings in Church to the barest necessary, we encourage people to do Stations of the Cross privately on Wednesdays while public celebrations will take place only on Fridays especially as they are often followed by Mass.
- Communion, for the time being, shall be received on the palms
- People are encouraged to have Hand Sanitizers handy to be used as and when needed.
- The use of Holy Water fonts in churches and public places should be suspended till further notice