By Leslie Aquino
The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has recommended the simultaneous recitation of the Lord’s Prayer on March 25.
In a circular letter addressed to bishops and diocesan administrators, CBCP Secretary General Fr. Marvin Mejia said CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles has recommended the praying of the “Lord’s Prayer” among Catholics at 6 pm on March 25, Wednesday.
This was in response to the call of Pope Francis for all Christians to join in praying the “Our Father” as a response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The Holy Father Pope Francis at the Angelus on Sunday, March 22, invited all Christians to join in praying the ‘Our Father’ as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, he has called the ‘heads of Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all the Christians of the various confessions’ to recite at the same time the ‘Our Father’”. said Mejia.
“Heeding the Pope’s invitation, we recommend that we will pray together the Lord’s Prayer at 6 o’clock in the evening on March 25,” he added.
Mejia also informed the bishops and diocesan administrators that the Holy Father announced that on Friday, March 27, he will preside over a moment of prayer with him giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it through the various forms of communication.
He said the live broadcast from the Vatican will begin at 6 PM Rome time (midnight Saturday)