Metro Manila quarantine: How to hear Mass amid church service suspension


Posted at Mar 14 2020 12:43 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2020 02:09 AM

MANILA – As big gatherings are discouraged to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Masses in Metro Manila have been suspended for at least a week.

At this time when the faithful may be in greater need of divine guidance, how could Catholics fulfill their Sunday obligation without risking exposure to the virus?

There are several ways.

Masses will be aired on several ABS-CBN platforms and livestreamed on its websites. Other religious channels will also air masses this weekend on television, radio and their respective websites.

See below:

The Archdiocese of Manila earlier announced it would suspend Mass services from March 14 to 20 as Metro Manila undergoes a month-long community quarantine due to COVID-19 from Sunday, March 15, to Tuesday, April 14.

Father Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, said viewership of their Mass on Facebook Live "tripled" on Friday, a day after the Philippines announced the community quarantine.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines gave a list of churches that will air their masses online:


The government has prohibited mass gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has also extended the suspension of classes in Metro Manila until April 14, placed government offices on skeletal work schedule, and barred travel to and from the capital region, with exemptions, among other measures.

The Philippines has reported 64 cases of COVID-19, 6 of whom have died and 2 recovered. -- With a report from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News