Friday, March 26, 2021

Holy Week in La Laguna 2021

Procession of the Transfer of the Holy Christ from the Church of Santo Domingo
Koppchen, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bishop of the Tenerife Diocese, Bernardo Álvarez, has suspended acts of worship and processions outside the churches this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bishop specifies that Holy Week is not cancelled, but all liturgical celebrations and other acts of piety will take place inside the temples, always respecting the sanitary regulations in force at all times, and avoiding any activity that exceeds capacity or causes crowds to gather. 

On Palm Sunday, 28 March, in parishes and other places of worship, simple form will be used and there will be no distribution of palms or blessing of them. 

On Holy Thursday, 1 April, if circumstances require it, more than one Mass may be celebrated at the Lord's Supper in the afternoon. The transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the monument may be carried out, but not the washing of the feet. 

On Good Friday, 2 April, services will begin from twelve o'clock and the means of the veneration of the Cross will vary as the faithful have to remain in their respective seats.

The most important celebration of the Christian Year, the Easter Vigil on Saturday 3 April, will also be affected by the current situation. Each priest may only celebrate one Vigil and it may not start before 8:00 p.m. and end in time for the faithful to return home. There will be no distribution of candles and the liturgy of the Word may be held in the short form.

Each parish priest will schedule Resurrection Sunday, 4 April in the most solemn way possible so that each community can adequately celebrate such a special day, for which it is recommended to increase the celebrations in the morning or in the afternoon.