Here is something good.
Dioceses and conferences of bishops are panicking. “BIG CROWDS SPREAD DISEASE! We have to SHUT DOWN MASSES!”
No. ADD MASSES! The crowd at each will be smaller.
Look at what this Polish bishop suggests.
In connection with the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspector that there should be no large gatherings of people, I ask to increase – as far as possible – the number of Sunday Masses in churches – wrote Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki.https://t.co/ImcIJSyizf pic.twitter.com/09PS8Zz1f0
— Church in Poland (@ChurchInPoland) March 10, 2020
Get it? More Masses, smaller crowds at each Mass. People aren’t packed in. They can spread out over the church.
And there are MORE MASSES!
That’s a good thing, right?
More people can have Mass intentions said.
Bishops… consider asking priests to add a Mass every day, perhaps a votive Mass against the spread of disease. Traditionally, we can use the Missa pro vitanda mortalitate vel tempore pestilientiae and the Mass “Tempore mortalitatis“. Bishops can give permission for votive Masses for grave public reasons.