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8th April, 2022


Dear Msgri, Very Rev and Rev. Frs. Brothers and Sisters,


You would recall that in October 22, 2021, a special circular on the review of Covid-19 induced practices in Lagos Archdiocese was released in which some adjustments were made.


Following the recent pronouncement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, in which some measures put in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus such as midnight curfew, crowd restrictions at events and the use of facemasks at outdoor activities were lifted, the need has arisen to review again some practices put in place concerning our Liturgical celebrations particularly in this very important season of the Catholic Church.


Consequent on the above, we make the following adjustments;



- The usual procession with palm branches commemorating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem can take place in all parishes. Chrism Mass: Attendance at Masses of Chrism this year is open to ALL Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful.



- The washing of feet, which is ordinarily optional, can now be done. - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament must be done beginning with benediction at the Altar and from there, procession to the Altar of Repose set aside for veneration. - The customary adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament can now resume, with different groups taking turns to adore the Lord. The entire celebration should end not later than 12 midnight.



- Stations of the Cross: The usual practice of the Stations of the Cross can resume. In the same spirit, the outdoor dramatization of the Stations of the Cross may be held.

- Veneration of the Cross: The kissing of the Crucifix shall be done by the celebrant ONLY. Others are to do the veneration by bowing to it. At the end of the Passion Celebration, the Priest may hold up a big Crucifix on the Sanctuary while the faithful would make a reverent bow as they solemnly exit the Church.



- The blessing of the new fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle is to be done at an appropriate place outside the Church marked out for the celebration. ALL the faithful present can be a part of this rite as usual.



- Given the lift on the ban concerning crowd restrictions, the Galilee Day celebration this year may be held.



We shall now return to our normal practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue. Those who wish may still receive on the palm of their hands. In other words, till we overcome the virus completely, the option of receiving Holy Communion on our hands would be available. In all circumstances, the sacredness of the Body and Blood of Christ must be protected and guarded.


We thank God immensely for his blessings and graces especially as we gradually return to normalcy in our liturgical celebrations especially with the lift on certain practices that were put in place at the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we must not throw caution to the wind. We must not relax on washing our hands with soap as often as necessary, using hand sanitizers, wearing of face mask (optional) and maintaining a high sense of hygiene .


As indicative of God’s blessings to us, we can return to having our celebrations at 100% capacity in attendance as well as the use of Air Conditioners.


May the Lord continue to save us from all evil. Wishing you a fruitful and spirit[1]filled paschal celebration.




+Alfred Adewale Martins

Archbishop of Lago..
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