The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the faithful to participate in a prayer campaign for the healing of the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have particularly asked Filipino Catholics to pray 10 Hail Mary’s daily in Catholic schools, seminaries, parishes, and communities.
The prayer campaign, which started on August 15, coincides with the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will end on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. (Read: Archbishop Villegas Declares 21 Days of Prayer For National Healing)
The Marian Prayer is to be recited at 12 noon “wherever you may be.”
Nationwide Prayer Campaign
The call for a nationwide prayer campaign was stated in a pastoral message on COVID-19 issued by the CBCP’s Commission on Seminaries and the Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education. It was released on Wednesday in time for the opening of the new school year. (Read: Duterte Signs New Law Allowing Him to Adjust Reopening of Schools)
“We invite all to a collective prayer action to lift the lockdowns and help heal the nation. God always listens and nothing is impossible with Him,” the bishops said.
Christian Social Responsibility
The CBCP also asked Catholic colleges and universities to make sure that scientific studies about COVID-19 will be widely shared with the general public “using reason, science, and Catholic social teachings.”
They said that there should be discernment within faith communities as “we need to be critical and discerning against the many false narratives prevalent in media and the many unscientific unreasonable public policies.”
“Once you understand the issues better, find creative ways to be active in bringing a solution in the light of the Gospel. This is our Christian social responsibility,” the CBCP said.