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Archbishop Villegas Declares 21 Days of Prayer For National Healing

The 21 days of prayer started on July 16 and will end on August 5.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has declared 21 days of prayer for national healing in his archdiocese. It started on July 16 and will end on August 5.

In a letter to the archdiocese’s parish priests, Archbishop Villegas said that a ‘cloud of helplessness and discouragement” is hovering over the Philippines. The coronavirus pandemic and socio-political “turmoil”, he said, “render us not knowing what to do, how to serve as spiritual leaders and how to be disciples with the disciples of the Lord in crisis.”

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He declared July 16, the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to August 5, Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, as days of consecration to the Virgin Mary. In between these dates, the Act of Consecration and Prayer for National Healing must be prayed in all Masses.

Archbishop Soc also urged parishes to encourage families to pray the Act of Consecration at home after the rosary. (Read: Prayers for Acts of Contrition, Faith, Love, & Hope)

21 Days of Prayer

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan (Photo from CBCP / Manila Bulletin)

Moreover, Archbishop Soc said that 21 is very significant as it represents the 21 rebellious acts of the Israelites after the liberation from Egypt.

“We are in a state of rebellion against God and we are seeing the consequences of our sin. We must repent. We must be consecrated again if we wish to be healed,” he said. (Read: A Prayer of Compassion for the Filipino People)

On August 5, a solemn Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag.

“Because of the limits imposed by the pandemic, only diocesan priests and religious will be present in the Basilica. However, the Mass will be streamed and the faithful are encouraged to participate through the available social media platforms.” (Read: Churchgoers can expect smaller Masses under the new normal)

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