Faith in the time of coronavirus: Where to watch online Masses

Paterno Esmaquel II
Faith in the time of coronavirus: Where to watch online Masses
(2nd UPDATE) Here are links to live online Masses as of Sunday, April 5 – including those led by Pope Francis – as public Masses remain suspended due to the novel coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – It’s a first in predominantly Catholic Philippines: Masses are suspended for up to a month in Metro Manila to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Where can Catholics watch Masses online, especially this season of Lent and during Holy Week?

Rappler listed links to online Masses that Filipinos can access while unable to go to church. All times listed are based on Manila’s timezone.

As of 6:30 am Sunday, April 5, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has updated the list of online Masses across the country that are streamed on Facebook and Youtube. 

DAILY MASSES LED BY POPE FRANCIS
TIME: Daily, 2 pm
WHERE: Vatican News English on YouTube (with English translations)

MASSES AT THE MANILA CATHEDRAL
TIME: Sunday, 8 am, 10 am, and 6 pm; Monday to Friday, 7:30 am and 12:10 pm; Saturday, 7:30 am
WHERE: Manila Cathedral’s Facebook page

MASSES AT QUIAPO CHURCH
TIME: Daily, 5 am, 6 am, 12:15 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
WHERE: Quiapo Church’s Facebook page

MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF KALOOKAN
TIME: Sunday, 6:30 am, 7:45 am, 9 am, 10:15 am, 3 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, 8 pm; Monday to Friday, 6 am, 12 nn, 6 pm
WHERE: Diocese of Kalookan’s Facebook page

MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF CUBAO
TIME: Sunday, 8 am, 11 am, and 6 pm; Monday to Saturday, 8 am
WHERE: Diocese of Cubao’s Facebook page

MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF PASIG
TIME: Sunday, 6 am, 7:30 am, 9 am, 4 pm, and 6 pm; Monday to Saturday, 6 am, 8 am, 12 nn, 6 pm
WHERE: Pasig Cathedral’s Facebook page

MASSES BY THE PHILIPPINE JESUITS
TIME: Daily, 8 am and 1 pm
WHERE: Radyo Katipunan Facebook page (for 8 am Masses) and Radyo Katipunan YouTube channel (for 1 pm Masses)

MASSES ON RADIO VERITAS
TIME: Daily, 6 am, 12 nn, and 6 pm
WHERE: Radio Veritas’ Facebook page

SAMBUHAY TV MASS
TIME: Saturday (Anticipated Sunday Mass), 5 pm; Monday to Friday, 6:15 am
WHERE: Sambuhay’s Facebook page

MASSES LED BY SINGAPORE ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM GOH
TIME: Sunday, 10 am; Monday to Saturday, 1 pm
WHERE: Archdiocese of Singapore’s YouTube channel

We will update this page as we get more links to online Masses.

For those who will tune in to online Masses, Catholic leaders have recommended that they recite the following prayer during communion time. This is the Act of Spiritual Communion, by which Catholics believe they receive the Body of Christ spiritually, in the absence of a physical host.

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

Have a blessed viewing of the Mass online, as we all stay safe from the novel coronavirus disease. – Rappler.com

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.