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Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by ikorodureporta: 7:32am On Jun 03, 2020
TO ALL PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS WORKING IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LAGOS, AND THE LAY FAITHFUL

Dear Msgri. /Frs., Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
GUIDELINES TOWARDS THE GRADUAL RESTORATION OF PUBLIC MASSES AND CELEBRATION OF OTHER SACRAMENTS

There is no doubt that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much with us. Day by day, we continue to receive news of increase in the number of infected persons and deaths from complications arising from infections with the virus. However, as government and the people continue in their efforts to curtail the spread of the virus, it has become necessary to move on with our lives while trying our best to remain safe and healthy.

As Catholics, we maintain that celebration of the Sacraments and other acts of worship are not just important for our overall well-being as Catholic Christians, they are also an integral part of our lives that we cannot do without. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything, even our liturgical worship. We have been forced to participate in Masses via the television and on the internet. However, visual worship cannot substitute worship in physical presence.

We have been in dialogue with other Christians on the one hand and with government on the other hand. From these engagements, we have indications that the restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19 would be lifted soon. It has therefore become necessary that we give the following Guidelines as we implement a gradual restoration of public Mass in our Archdiocese:

1. Requirements of Churches and Places of Worship.
a. Church premises and environment must be clean at all times
b. Parishes should ensure well ventilated spaces for worship at all times.
c. Hand washing facilities i.e. running water and soap at the entry point and strategic places within the church premises.
d. Hand Sanitizers must be provided at major entrances to Church premises.
e. Proper refuse bins should be put in place within church premises and the surrounding so that people can properly dispose tissue paper/face mask.
f. Parishes should have designated points for entry and exit clearly designated.
g. Trained personnel are to check body temperature at entry points.
h. Hygiene personnel to disinfect chairs, door handles and surface arears in the church at regular intervals.
i. Arrangement/demarcation of pews to accommodate physical distancing of 2meters/6 feet in front, beside and behind worshippers.
j. We have advocated that the size of the Church and the compliance with the 2meters distancing in front, beside and behind each worshipper should determine the number of worshippers to be present at each Mass. However, we await government announcement to determine the number that would be gathered at any single celebration.

2. Procedures and Protocols
a. Anyone coming into the church premises must wear a face mask.
b. Anyone coming into the church premises must submit to body temperature check.
c. After the temperature check at the gate, parishioners should sanitize their hands before entering the church premises
d. Attendance at Mass should be strictly under the direction and supervision of the Parish Priest who must ensure that there is a record of Parishioners that attend each Mass. This he can ensure either through the use of the Parish Database in determining those who attend or through decisions on who comes from the Small Christian Communities. Or else, leaders of Associations of Lay faithful may be directed to form their members into groups to determine those that would attend which of the Masses on different Sundays. Parishes should use whichever procedure suits their situations as long as they ensure that they keep to the numbers and keep a list of names and information on those at each Mass.
e. Public Masses are to be celebrated on SUNDAYS ONLY for now and between 7am and 3pm in order to ensure that people do not break the curfew. Priests are strongly encouraged to maximize this period to make more Masses available for the faithful.
f. The following categories of persons who are generally recognized as being more vulnerable to infection are dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. They are therefore STRONGLY ADVISED TO STAY AT HOME:
i. The elderly, above 70 years,
ii. Children below 10 years
iii. Nursing mothers
iv. Those who feel sick
v. Those who don’t feel safe or comfortable enough to gather in a crowd even with the precautions we have put in place.

3. Particular Liturgical Practices and Actions
a. Only Priests should celebrate Mass without wearing masks. Other liturgical ministers on the Sanctuary should wear face masks.
b. Where processions are to be made, the shortest possible route is to be used and they should be with the ministers in a single file with the required physical distance maintained.
c. The number of Ministers on the sanctuary should be reduced to the barest minimum. A lector and two Mass servers at most is recommended.
d. There should be minimal contact between the ministers on the sanctuary; their sitting positions should be arranged bearing the required physical distance in mind.
e. Proper hygiene should be observed in the use of the microphone. Where possible, more microphones should be used by each minister.
f. ALL offertory collections (1st, 2nd and Thanksgiving) should be taken up only and ONLY AFTER Holy Communion. This is to ensure that the faithful whose hands have been sanitized would have received Holy Communion on their palms before touching money again with their hands.
g. For offertory collections, offertory baskets or collection bags with a long handle should be used, with physical distance always maintained. Alternatively, parishioners may go to the front of the sanctuary to give their offerings while maintaining physical distance.
h. There would be no offertory procession. The gifts for the Eucharist should be left on the Credence Table from where Altar Servers would bring them to the Priest for preparation.
i. The Sign of Peace is to be omitted.
j. The Extra-ordinary ministers of the Holy Communion should sanitize their hands before consecration.
k. Whenever there is a Concelebration, provision should be made for an additional chalice separate from the one from which the Chief Celebrant receives the sacred specie. Other priests would receive communion by intinction such that only the last of the concelebrants receive directly from the chalice.
l. The Ciborium containing the small hosts for the distribution of Holy Communion should remain covered during consecration. The same thing should be done when there is more than one chalice for consecration.
m. Those to receive communion are to come forward to the foot of the Sanctuary while maintaining physical distance.
n. Holy Communion should be received directly on the palm of the hand; no hand gloves.
o. Holy Communion should be given without the words since face masks will not be worn.
p. Thanksgivings should be earlier arranged with the Parish Priest, with due consideration for the required physical distancing.
q. Liturgical ministers other than priests may not use liturgical vestments. However, they should be dressed in regular clothes proper and befitting of liturgical worship.
r. The use of the Holy Water font remains suspended
Live-streamed Liturgies: we encourage parishes to continue the live streaming of Masses in order to provide for those mentioned in 2f above.

Other Sacraments and Pastoral Activities

1. Penance/Reconciliation
As restrictions are further lifted, the Sacrament of Penance should be scheduled, taking into account the number of individuals permitted to gather. Confessions are not to be heard in small spaces (e.g., traditional confessionals, reconciliation rooms, etc.). A big space which allows for required physical distancing, privacy and above all the maintenance of the dignity of the Sacrament is to be adopted for use. Those mentioned in 2f above may come to the church or parish office outside the scheduled times for confessions.

Priests are allowed to hear confessions under the following conditions:
 Priest and penitent wear face mask
 Both maintain physical distance.
 The sacredness of the sacrament is not to be compromised.

2. Pastoral Care for the Sick and Dying
Priests are encouraged to continue to pastorally care for the sick, the elderly and those who cannot attend mass. Care for the Sick and Elderly which includes Communion, Anointing of the Sick, and Penance, may be celebrated for those in need at the discretion of the priest. In such situations, priests should ensure the following:
 that both Priest and recipient wear face masks
 they observe the required physical distancing while administering the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick.
 Anointing will be done using a piece of cotton wool.
 Use of hand sanitizer before and after the sacrament

3. Baptism
When restrictions have been relaxed further, the Sacrament of Baptism may once again be administered, taking into account the number of individuals permitted to gather while observing the required physical distance. Baptism may be celebrated given the following conditions:
 Those to be baptized do not exceed a maximum number of 10 candidates, each accompanied by both parents and one sponsor only.
 Anointing should be carried out using cotton wool, a fresh cotton wool should be used to anoint each candidate; the priests sanitizes his hands immediately afterwards.
 The Rite of Laying of Hands should be carried out without physical contact.
 The Rite of Ephatha may be carried out without physical contact.

4. Marriage
On the condition of further easing of restrictions, the Sacrament of Marriage may be administered taking into account the number of individuals permitted for gathering, while observing physical distance except for the couple for whom physical nearness is inevitable.

5. Funerals
Funerals may take place in compliance with the number of individuals permitted to gather while observing physical distance. In this case, the following conditions should be observed:
 Rite of Reception at the Entrance of the Church: the number of family members should be limited to a maximum of 5 members while maintaining the expected physical distance.
 At the graveside: the number of people at the interment should not exceed, the maximum number of persons required at social/religious gathering. Physical distance and standard hygiene practices should be strictly adhered to.
My dear brothers and sisters, these are indeed unusual times for the whole world and the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to adopt modifications in our way of worship. These Guidelines have been provided in accordance with recommended safety precautions in order to keep us safe as we begin the celebration of public Masses again. We strongly encourage all Priests, Religious and the Lay Faithful of our Archdiocese to carefully study and implement these Guidelines. We must all keep in mind our obligation to protect ourselves and the faithful entrusted to our care as well as all our loved ones. We shall monitor the situation of things as they develop and review these Guidelines according to the developments and as needs arise. May God keep us safe and command this virus to depart from our world.

Finally, we cannot over-emphasise the fact that these modifications are temporary and their use is strictly for this period alone. We must not get so used to them that we begin to see them as normal. Therefore, if there are so-called new normal situations, they do not pertain to the core of the teachings and rites of celebrating the liturgy even if they have been modified for the moment. Physical presence at Mass, reception of Holy Communion as prescribed as well as other practices remain the ordinary ways and the present practices are extra-ordinary. May the Lord strengthen our faith and keep our feet on the path of life eternal.

(signed)
+Alfred Adewale MARTINS
Archbishop, Metropolitan See of Lagos

Source: https://www.facebook.com/460913837325405/posts/3012023988881031/

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by ebenhazard(m): 7:33am On Jun 03, 2020
God help us all

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by ikorodureporta: 7:33am On Jun 03, 2020
No b to remain online better??

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Gentle0wavez: 7:37am On Jun 03, 2020
Talk full basket

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Kobojunkie: 7:39am On Jun 03, 2020
Elderly above 70 years of age? Isn't that meant to be for those 65 and above? angry

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by pyyxxaro: 7:39am On Jun 03, 2020
Naaa who don chop go fit read this kin tharaja text book undecided

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by ikorodureporta: 7:46am On Jun 03, 2020
See the recent reaction by the Archbishop...

CONTINUED RESTRICTION ON RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS IS UNFAIR AND UNJUST ---- SAYS ARCHBISHOP MARTINS

In a reaction to the news making the rounds that the Lagos State Government through its Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, is insisting on continued restriction on religious gatherings, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins has called on the Lagos State Government to ease the restriction on religious gatherings in the State.

In a Press Statement released by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the Prelate wondered why it would seem that there is a conclusion that it is when people gather to worship that coronavirus can be spread while the spread of the virus is suspended when they cluster and huddle together in markets, motor parks and banks.

"There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Pandemic is real, and we all feel concerned that the numbers are rising. However, we know also that the virus will be with us for some time and more testing will reveal more infected persons but at the same time the truth is that life must go on. We believe strongly that Churches as institutions are better able to exert control of situations and maintain discipline among their faithful than most other institutions."

"The argument that we can pray in our individual houses and God will hear our prayers is true but it is also true for us as Christians that gathering together to worship is our heritage and practice arising from the Holy Bible. It was in the gathering of the Apostles that the Holy Spirit came down upon them (Acts.2:1); the early Christians gathered together in private homes for prayers and the breaking of the Bread (Acts 2:46) until the numbers became too large to handle in private homes and it became necessary to have Church buildings. If Christians were willing to suspend their right to gather in Church buildings for the sake of common good at a time when all gatherings of people were suspended, it is unfair and unjust for government to restrict gatherings for worship when other gatherings are being allowed. Anyone who argues that gathering to worship is not essential as it is to eat and get money from the bank, obviously does not understand the spiritual, emotional, and
psychological soothing that Christians get from gathering together to worship. In any case, are we saying that it is more dangerous for people to gather to worship than it is to gather for banking and trading or that it is gathering for worship that is responsible for the spread of the virus? If it was the case in some Asian country, that was before awareness was created and precautions began to be taken as we do today.

We consider the position of Lagos State government before now that it would approve a set of guidelines and monitor adherence to them as being fair and just. The monitoring is even more easily done in Churches than in markets and motor parks or other places where the virus can even be more easily spread. This “volte face” of government gives the impression that the position of Christians is considered secondary and of no consequence in the affairs of the state.

The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Lagos State presented a set of Guidelines for gradual restoration of Public worship to government as our indication of readiness to take all due precautions and submit ourselves to be checked up for compliance. I wonder why the Honourable Commissioner did not state that fact but decided to state only the opinion of one imam. If people of other religions are permitted by their religious traditions to worship anywhere convenient and not necessarily in gatherings, that should not be taken as the yardstick by which all other religious traditions should practice their faith."

Going on further, the Archbishop appealed to Lagos State government to take Religious leaders into confidence and keep in mind that we are partners in ensuring the safety of our people and are as concerned that the virus is contained as government is. He stated that the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos have gone so far as to prepare her own in-house elaborate guidelines to ensure the safety and well being of our faithful. He prayed for enlightenment of the Holy Spirit that the governor would take the right decision.

SIGNED BY Rev. Fr Anthony Godonu,
Director of Social Communications,
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by bloomstar: 11:35am On Jun 03, 2020
That's good

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by bolaayenimo: 11:36am On Jun 03, 2020
Church is the best place to maintain social distancing, not markets. Use your brain

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by sowilli: 11:36am On Jun 03, 2020
It is clear that many in government don’t have regard for God and by extension humans. I wonder why there is still ban on religious gathering. It will take less than a month for COVID to wipe out half of the Nigerian population if this disease is deadly as it is being portrayed in Nigeria. It is clear this guys just want to hold of rights and freedom.

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Macsjebs(m): 11:36am On Jun 03, 2020
Wait, I didn't read the whole stuff, but I thought Lagos govt said no church service yet

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Decimus: 11:36am On Jun 03, 2020
Tithes and offerings should be put on hold for now. Money can serve as a vehicle for the virus.

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by emapraiz(m): 11:36am On Jun 03, 2020
Will choirs cover their nose too?

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by festacman(m): 11:37am On Jun 03, 2020
Glory to Jesus ...

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by YINKS89(m): 11:38am On Jun 03, 2020
But Lagos state government said religious centers should remain closed

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Nobody: 11:38am On Jun 03, 2020
Ok
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Joefat: 11:41am On Jun 03, 2020
If Church And Mosque can closed down for about 2 month plus. And still Covid 19 getting increase everyday, so what different do u guys think reopen will make?. If not to generates fund to their own pocket..

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by naptu2: 11:41am On Jun 03, 2020
ikorodureporta

All these have been superceded in the past 24 hours by the Lagos State commissioner's statement and the archbishop's response.

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by asahnwaKC: 11:42am On Jun 03, 2020
Story for the gods undecided......instead of una to continue online masses...catholic church that have outrageous numbers of parishioners.....lagos state government should get ready to flogging una embarassed.

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Fiisty(f): 11:43am On Jun 03, 2020
Hmm
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by bigdammyj: 11:44am On Jun 03, 2020
Nice move
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Chithauri(m): 11:44am On Jun 03, 2020
will they stop worshipping Mary?

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by GboyegaD(m): 11:44am On Jun 03, 2020
A time for a reappraisal on how we do things.
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by IYANGBALI: 11:46am On Jun 03, 2020
YINKS89:
But Lagos state government said religious centers should remain closed
who tolded you that?

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Nobody: 11:46am On Jun 03, 2020
Whatever happened to the liberty we have in Christ Jesus...

Pls check my signature biko
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Balenciagaokey: 11:46am On Jun 03, 2020
grin
Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by ADEWUMIMichael(m): 11:47am On Jun 03, 2020
All these guidelines too much,

give them two weeks and they will forget all these measures

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Re: Church Resumption: Guidelines By Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos by Nobody: 11:47am On Jun 03, 2020
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