By Christina Hermoso
The San Pascual Baylon Parish, more popularly known as the Obando Church in Bulacan, recently held a procession of the town’s three patron saints to pray for an end to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The images of San Pascual Baylon, Saint Claire of Assissi, and Our Lady of Salambao were paraded around the streets of Obando, which is under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Malolos. Before the procession, the faithful were reminded not to get out of their houses and to just light candles and pray as the revered images pass by.
“May our patron saints serve as an inspiration for us at this time of pandemic. Let us pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said parish priest Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ramos over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“The procession was a reminder to the faithful to pray more and strengthen our faith on our Creator, like the faith of our three patron saints. Let us pray for their intercession for an end to this pandemic,” Ramos said.
In the absence of public masses, the priest urged the faithful to continue to observe the Holy Week activities of the Church through social media and on television.