- The new normal for weddings will mostly comprise of the bride and the groom, minus the entourage
- The CBCP has released its new guidelines, which excluded the "abays" during the solemn ceremony
- Aside from the bride and groom, the parents and a certain number of secondary sponsors will be present to witness the marriage
- Along with the guidelines for a wedding, the CBCP also included other changes that will take place during masses
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The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released new guidelines for the "new normal" amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The guidelines encompassed weddings, masses, baptisms, and other church-related activities.
Weddings may be held but a number of participants in traditional church weddings would have to be excluded.
For one, the bride and groom must say goodbye to the entourage as only immediate family members of the bride and groom are allowed at the wedding.
As per the guideline, immediate family members would mainly include the parents of the couple.
There would be a set of sponsors that will be allowed but the "abays" will become a thing of the past.
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The CBCP also included other guidelines such as no more holding hands when singing "The Lord's Prayer" and handshakes during the giving of the Sign of Peace is highly discouraged.
Priests and lay ministers would have to sanitize their hands before and after distribution during Holy Communion.
Masks must be worn inside the church and social distancing will be enforced.
In a previous KAMI report, essentials during the new normal were listed during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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