The processions return to Seville: the Archbishopric authorizes public worship "normally" after 550 days

The processions go back to Sevilla. A year and a half after they were suspended for the Covid-19, the Archdiocese has published a note this Tuesday in which it leaves without effect the restrictions related to public worship and authorizes the return of the processions in the streets “normally”, news that Sevillians had been waiting for 549 days, since last March 14, 2020.

Monsignor Saiz has promulgated a decree published on the website of the Archdiocese of Seville, in which he states that “the favorable course of the health situation derived from pandemic of Covid-19, with a decrease in infections and advance in vaccination As the most outstanding aspects of this positive trend, it has led the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Seville -Seville, Asidonia-Jerez, Cádiz and Ceuta, Canarias, Córdoba, Huelva and Tenerife- to propose updating the canonical provisions in force in these diocese”.

Consequently, the dioceses have considered the “desirability of resume the normality of external worship“, Just as” it has begun to be done in a timely manner in some places. ” However, the dioceses reiterate the call to the faithful to continue to heed the provisions and recommendations emanating from the competent authorities, a budget that has been “fundamental” to face the return to normality in worship.

The decree, therefore, renders without effect the extraordinary provisions established in the previous normative text of May 2021, promulgated by the archbishop at that time, Monsignor Asenjo.

«As regards acts of external worship, which are not of an ordinary nature, promoted by parishes or other religious institutions, they must be presented to the approval of the Episcopal Council, through the Zone Vicar ”, they emphasize from the Archdiocese.

Likewise, the decree adds, for religious acts in the public thoroughfare “the organizational measures of protection, cleaning and disinfection determined by the competent civil authorities ”.

In this sense, this weekend the procession of the Pastora de Santa Marina; In October, specifically on the 16th, the long-awaited transfer of the Great power to Tres Barrios, within the framework of the Missions, which was suspended last year as a result of the situation arising from the pandemic. In any case, it will be the civil and health authorities who decide, together with the Madrugá brotherhood, the details of these public services.

The Brotherhood of Great Power, the first

For his part, mayor of Seville, the socialist Juan Espadas, has pointed out that the Consistory is already working on the return of the processions, with meetings already scheduled for what would be the first of them, that of the Brotherhood of the Great Power.

Espadas has indicated that all this is linked to the approaches that the Junta de Andalucía as a health authority, while work is already underway on planning the possible departure of the Great Power by the Cecop and Delegate of the Interior, Juan Carlos Cabrera (PSOE), for its development “with all security measures.”

“With all the precautions and precautions and under the recommendation of the health authority, we must begin to plan that situation, that possibility, do it with the organizers and, of course, trying to introduce all the protection elements that are possible, but with the objective to regain normalcy, “he stressed, making it clear that”Seville also already needs that emotional and emotional element of popular religiosity in the street. “If the number and decrease in infections is confirmed, in the coming weeks we will also begin to regain normality,” he stressed.

In any case, Swords envisions a return to activity «without yet freeing ourselves from basic safety distance measures or masks». “We leave it at the expense of the health authority but periodically evaluating the volume of infections,” he concluded.

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