Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, has declared a day of prayer and remembrance for those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
On May 8, everyone under the Manila Archdiocese is urged to pray for and honor the thousands of people who died from the pandemic since its beginning last year. The announcement was made by Bishop Pabillo himself on Tuesday, April 20.
According to the bishop, the day will be marked a “Mass for the Dead” at the Manila Cathedral at 9:00 a.m. (Read: Manila Cathedral Joins Petition to Save San Sebastian Basilica)
“We bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones,” Pabillo said. “The whole archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.”
Mass for the Dead
In line with the ongoing pandemic protocols, the Mass will be celebrated via live streaming. Pabillo noted that a memorial may be set up in parishes with pictures of those who succumbed to the disease.
“This can serve as a reminder to all to always pray for them,” Pabillo said. (Read: 167 Catholic Priests Succumb to COVID-19 Since February)
After the day of prayer, three consecutive days of “Holy Hour” will be live-streamed to the faithful. It will be held every 6:00 p.m, in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
“Together we shall implore the Lord for the front liners on May 5, for the sick on May 6, and for the dead on May 7,” Pabillo added.
COVID-19 in the Philippines
As of April 21, the Philippines has recorded almost one million COVID-19 infections and more than 16,000 deaths due to the disease. Its highest number of new cases within a day was recorded on April 2, 2021, with a total of 15,298 new cases.
Due to the rising number of cases in the past weeks, the Philippine government has once again imposed stricter protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Read: What is the difference between MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ?)