Vatican City, Mar 25, 2022 / 08:44 am
The Vatican’s liturgy office said on Friday that it would not be issuing COVID-19 guidelines for Holy Week liturgies this year, and invited Catholics to join in the Church’s prayers for peace.
“In view of the ongoing slowdown of the pandemic, albeit at different rates in individual countries, we do not intend to offer any further guidelines for the Holy Week celebrations,” the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in a note to bishops on March 25.
“The experience that the episcopal conferences have gained in recent years is certainly sufficient to deal with the various situations in the most appropriate ways, always taking care to observe the ritual norms contained in the liturgical books,” the note said.
The Congregation also pointed out some of the Church’s solemn intentions for the liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and their connection to the present Russia-Ukraine war.