Velika Gospa: Assumption of Mary in Sinj to be Held without Procession

Daniela Rogulj

Ivan Alebic
Ivan Alebic

Ivan Alebic

July 24, 2020 – Due to epidemiological reasons, the traditional procession through the city streets of Sinj for the Assumption of Mary on August 15 will not be held, revealed the Franciscan monastery of Our Lady of Sinj on Thursday evening.

“We will organize this year’s celebration of the Assumption without a big procession through the city, attended by thousands of people from different parts of our beautiful country, to avoid provocation, and God forbid, to be a hotbed of infection,” read a statement signed by monastery guard Ante Covo, as reported by Slobodna Dalmacija.

It warns that we are celebrating this year’s celebration of the Assumption in “unprecedented circumstances because we are surrounded by an invisible enemy, COVID-19, which threatens us.” However, they say, that the parish, under the protection of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, has been almost unscathed during this epidemic.

In order to reduce the gathering of a larger number of believers in certain hours of the day, they will have Holy Mass almost every hour on August 14 and 15, and invited the faithful to carefully read the posters and choose the best time to attend Mass.

During Holy Mass, as stated, only the changing parts will be sung: the entrance song, the singing of the psalm, hallelujah, the gift, the communion, and the closing song, and the choirs will sing from the church choir.

The Sacrament of Penance will be accessible in the cloister and the monastery courtyard under the aisle, so that there are as few believers as possible in one closed space.

“During the holidays, listen carefully to the instructions of the Civil Protection Headquarters. Be sure to disinfect your hands at the entrance to the church and the cloister and, if the measure remains in force, wear a mask.

Stick to those measures that the Church recommends: take communion only by hand, do not give a sign of peace, try to keep a distance while you go or wait for Communion, during Mass, be with those who are from your family and your environment, avoid socializing with strangers, and if you do not feel well, stay at home,” continued the statement of the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj.

This year’s celebration of the Assumption is celebrated under the motto “Our Lady, be our salvation.”

“May he save us from all that we could harm ourselves and others. May he lead us on a path that will soften everyone’s hearts, open hands, strengthen faith, strengthen hope and lead everything to effective love,” the Sinj monastery concluded.

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