The traditional “Flores de Mayo” and “Santacruzan” are still not allowed in the central Philippine province of Cebu due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.
Monsignor Joseph Tan, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Cebu, however, admitted that some parishes have initiated “Flores de Mayo” Masses since May 1.
A news story that appeared on SunStar news site quoted the priest as saying that strict health protocols are observed during the Masses
Unlike in the past when children dressed as angels would offer flowers for the Blessed Virgin Mary, this year children are not allowed to attend Mass.
Monsignor Tan said Cebuanos can show their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary without having to go to church.
“If it’s not possible to go to church for fear of COVID-19, let’s keep the Marian devotion alive in our own little way,” said the priest, adding that devotees can pray the rosary and offer candles to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Flores de Mayo,” literally the “Flowers of May,” is a festival in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary while the “Santacruzan,” traditionally held as culminating event of Flores de Mayo, is a pageant commemorating the search by Queen Helena of Constantinople for the cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified.