The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is appealing for more fervent prayers for the safety and well-being of those residing or working in areas placed under the enhanced community quarantine following the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles is encouraging the faithful to unite in prayer for an end to the pandemic.
In a letter entitled An Appeal for More Fervent Prayers addressed to archbishops, bishops and diocesan administrators, the Church leader appealed for prayers for the safety of those residing or working in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, which had been placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 4.
Archbishop Valles said, the difficulties faced and encountered by the people in the said areas must never be ignored or taken for granted, especially the poor and the workers who are most affected by the pandemic.
“The cooperation between the Church and local government units is important in making sure that everyone is strictly observing the safety health protocols to help stem the further spread of the virus,” Valles said.
Despite the ban in the holding of religious activities this Holy Week, Valles urged the faithful not to lose hope and to trust in the Lord’s promise of deliverance.
Meanwhile, the faithful observe Holy Wednesday on March 31. Holy masses may be viewed online. Some groups will also hold via zoom the third day of the three-day “pabasa” that began last Monday. Pre-pandemic Holy Wednesday traditions include solemn processions, the holding of the “