Mar 21: Chancery Notice Extracts
This is an extract from the Chancery Notice on 21st March 2021 - Updated Guideline on Holy Week Liturgies
Eucharistic Adoration on Holy Thursday
- Following the invitation of our Lord to spend time in vigil and prayer, Catholics are also encouraged to spend time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
- His Grace, Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow D.D. has approved the following recommendations made by the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and the Archdiocese Crisis Management Task Force for implementation in the parishes.
1.0 General Public Adoration after Mass
- The Blessed Sacrament (in a ciborium) should be placed on the main altar of the Church/ chapel after Holy Communion. After the prayer after communion, the priest invites the congregation to spend a few minutes in silent adoration in the main church before processing with the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose. The congregation should remain in the church until the Blessed Sacrament is reposed at the altar of repose.
- At the discretion of the Parish Priest, the procession to the altar of repose may be dispensed with and the Blessed Sacrament remains on the main altar of the church/chapel until the end of the period assigned for adoration. Instruction must be given to the congregation to leave quietly when they have finished with their personal time of adoration.
2.0 SOP at the Altar of Repose
- If the altar of repose is located in a different space/room which is apart from the main church, the following SOP is to be followed:
- The space/room should be well-ventilated.
There should be separate facilities for MySejahtera scanning (if it involves persons who had not attended the Mass of the Lord’s Supper) and temperature screening.
- To ensure social distancing and to comply with the SOP on 30% capacity, there should be crowd control.
- Both the entrance and exit to this space/room for Adoration should be clearly identified according to requirements of the SOP.
3.0 Visitation to Different Churches
- The tradition of making a pilgrimage to Seven (7) station churches for the purpose of Eucharistic Adoration is to be suspended this year for reason of public health safety and to mitigate the risk of transmission and cross-infection.
4.0 Closing Hours for Adoration
- Time for Eucharistic Adoration should not extend beyond 11.30 pm.
Rev Fr Michael Chua
Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur