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The decision was taken to let Muslims to hold their Idul Fitri prayer next Sunday.Petra Hapsari 19 June 2017 14:20
The administrators of Jakarta Cathedral rescheduled the church’s mass on Sunday, June 25 to accommodate Muslims holding their Idul Fitri prayer.
“In regards to the Idul Fitri celebration and Idul Fitri prayer, the Cathedral’s yard will be used to support our Muslim brothers and sisters’ activity, so the mass schedule on Sunday, June 25, 2017 will be changed to morning at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; and in the evening mass [will be held] as usual: at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,” read the announcement posted on the church’s official Facebook account.
The churchyard is usually used by Muslims to do Idul Fitri prayer since Istiqlal mosque, located in front of the Cathedral, could not fit all participants and their vehicles.
The leader of the Cathedral’s parish, Father Hani Rudi Hartoko said, “We understand Muslims only have one time together for Idul Fitri prayers. While the Mass can adjust since there are some [masses held] on Sundays.”
Normally, the church always holds Sunday mass six times: at 6 a.m., 7.30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.