Dimapur, April 9: With the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic preventing the celebration the Holy Week and Tridium (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Eastern Sunday), the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) has issued advisories to Catholic families in the Diocese of Kohima on how to observe the event.
In a press release, the CAN requested Catholic families to sing the song “The Old Rugged Cross” at 4 pm on Good Friday by all families either on the terraces or where family members can gather. It requested all parishes in the Diocese of Kohima to ring the Church bell at 3 pm for 40 times symbolizing the 40 days passion of the Lord.
On Easter Sunday, CAN appealed all the families to sing the song “Halleluiah He Is Risen” at 9 am and also requested all the parishes in the Diocese of Kohima to ring the church bell symbolizing the triumph of Christ over sin and death (in the present context, symbolizing the triumph of Christ over the novel coronavirus).
The association urged the people, particularly the priests, clergies and nuns working in the Diocese of Kohima, to offer the prayers for the holy Eucharistic celebration for healing of the sick especially by coronavirus, for protection from diseases upon the people of Nagaland and the world from the pandemic and wisdom to dawn upon the temporal leaders of Nagaland and the world in the fight against Covid-19. (Page News Service)