The “Undas” website is back online to accept prayer requests as cemeteries across the country will be closed on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.
The media office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines revived the website so that Filipinos can request prayers for their departed loved ones.
Now on its 9th year, the platform was originally intended for Filipino seafarers and those in other countries who had no way of celebrating Undas.
The website initially highlighted an online facility to request for Masses for their beloved dead.
Later, it added more features that approximated a virtual experience in observing Undas.
This year when cemeteries will be closed nationwide from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the website has some new features.
“There will be live online Masses that will be streamed from different places,” Msgr Pedro Quitorio, CBCP Media Office Director, said.
“One can even light a candle online while praying for their dear departed,” he said.
The website also offers audio and video reflection and catechesis on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.
In Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo encouraged the faithful to observe Undas by going to church to hear Mass.
He said that more Masses will be added by parish churches in the archdioceses to accommodate churchgoers and still observe physical distancing.
“On November 1 and 2, all are encouraged to go to Church and offer Mass for our beloved dead. The Holy Eucharist is the best prayer that we can offer,” Bishop Pabillo said.