By Emma Victoria
INSTEAD of having thousands of Christians gather at various churches in Sarawak to attend masses and services for the Holy Week, they will worship in their respective homes this year.
Associated Churches in Sarawak (ACS) Chairman Archbishop Simon Poh said the Holy Week which begins on Sunday has coincided with the Movement Control Order (MCO).
“Let us stay home, practise social distancing and proper hygiene. I pray that this whole Holy Week of prayer will bring healing to life to our land, our nation and all the countries across the world,” Poh said in a statement.
Churches, he said, will be doing live streaming for masses and services, starting on Palm Sunday on April 5, followed by Holy Thursday of Lord’s Supper and Good Friday on April 10, as well as Saturday Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.
As for the villages and longhouses with weak internet connection might having problem to conduct live-viewing, e-copies of prayer or podcast can be downloaded (before the Holy Week).
“For those living in the deep interiors, I am glad that churches had translated and provided Holy Week prayers books and audible bibles and distributed them to the rural communities as they have no internet access. Hence, they can read and celebrate the Word of God in their families and they are not alone,” he said.
As for the Catholics, Pope Francis also made an announcement to Catholic Churches and gave guidelines to prepare for the possibility of celebration of Holy Week without the presence of the faithful in Church.