Archdiocese of Manila to hold Day of Prayer, Remembrance in May

Published April 21, 2021, 8:06 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Archdiocese of Manila will hold a Day of Prayer and Remembrance next month to honor those who have lost their lives due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a pastoral instruction released Tuesday, April 20, Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo said on May 8, priests will gather at the Manila Cathedral at 9 a.m. for the “Mass for the Dead.”

“We bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones,” CBCP News quoted Pabillo.

“The whole archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus,” he added.

Pabillo asked all the parishioners to join the Mass through livestreaming.

He said that a memorial can also be set up in parishes with the pictures of those who succumbed to the disease.

“This can serve as a reminder to all to always pray for them,” Pabillo said.

The day of prayer will be preceded with a three-day “Holy Hour” at 6 p.m. in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which will also be livestreamed to the faithful.

Pabillo said there will be a pre-recorded video of a reflection for each day that will be played during the prayer service.

“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,” he said.