Archdiocese Of Chicago Releases Guidelines For Holy Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There are going to be some coronavirus-prompted changes for Catholic churches during the upcoming Holy Week leading up to Easter. They include continuing the practice of not having any in-person masses or prayer services for congregations.

According to guidelines from the Archdiocese of Chicago, there will be no distribution of blessed palms for Palm Sunday. Priests, however, may bless palms and hold them aside for when the Archdiocese gives the go-ahead, that it's safe enough to distribute them.

On Holy Thursday, there is to be no washing of the feet during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

On Good Friday, for the adoration of the cross, only the celebrant is to kiss the cross. Also, priests are to include a special intention, a specially written prayer for an end to the pandemic.

Any live-streamed Easter Vigil Mass should not begin before 8 p.m.

Any private masses are to include people maintaining physical distancing from each other.