The Sanctuary of Fátima resumes its full official program – Region of Leiria


The Sanctuary of Fátima resumes the full official program on weekends, with all afternoon Masses returning to the Basilica of the Holy Trinity on 12, 13, 19 and 20, after the suspension due to the pandemic .

“During the next two weekends before Christmas – the third and fourth Sundays in Advent – the Sanctuary of Fátima will resume the six celebrations which during the last four weekends have been suspended due to the compulsory curfew to which Fátima was submissive within the state. urgency ”, read in information available on its“ website ”.

Thus, on the weekends of December 12 and 13 and December 19 and 20, pilgrims will already be able to participate in Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Capelinha das Aparições, where at 2 p.m., “Saturday and Sunday there will also be an hour of repair. “.

“Masses at 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. also return in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity and the prayer of vespers on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in the Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima. Also on Saturday evening, after the 9:30 pm Rosary, there will be a candlelight procession, ”adds the institution.

The shrine says that on the 13th “the apparitions are remembered and, for this reason, the official program of the monthly pilgrimage in December begins at 10 am, with the third at Capelinha das Aparições, followed by mass, at 11 am, in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity ”.

“As it is the third Sunday of Advent, called Domingo da Alegria, there will be a symbolic moment of blessing with the images of the Child Jesus, which are placed in the nativity scenes at home”, informs the institution, referring that “this Sunday the Gestual Portuguesa linguistic interpreter team will return to the 3 pm Mass, as usual in the official program of the Sanctuary of Fátima, since 2013”.

In addition to the full celebration program, the museum spaces will also be open, namely the new exhibition “Faces of Fátima: Faces of a Spiritual Landscape”, which can be visited between 9 am and 6 pm on the lower level of the Basilica of the Holy Trinity.

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The Marian shrine, in the municipality of Ourém, warns, however, that all the safety rules provided for in its emergency plan remain in force, such as the physical distance between pilgrims and the compulsory use of the mask in all spaces, entry for confined spaces, hands must be disinfected.

The new period of state of emergency in Portugal due to the covid-19 pandemic, which lasts until December 23, began at 12:00 a.m. today, with a total of 113 counties on the continent at risk of transmission extremely high or very high covid-19.

Ourém is one of the 92 high-risk counties (between 240 and 480 cases of covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants).

In these municipalities, the ban on driving on public roads is maintained until the 23rd, with a respective general obligation to collect at home, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. every day.

Commercial establishments must close until 10 p.m. Restaurants, cultural and sports facilities must close until 10:30 p.m. (catering establishments can operate until 1 a.m., but only for home deliveries).

According to information made available on Friday on the website of the municipality of Ourém, the municipality has recorded since the start of the pandemic in March, 838 cases of covid-19, having recovered 587 people from the disease.

Ten people have died from the new coronavirus, with 241 active cases remaining in the municipality as of that date.
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