The Archdiocese of Manila will observe a Holy Hour in May with special intentions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic.
In a Pastoral Instruction, Manila Archdiocese Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo urged the faithful to join hands in prayer to seek God’s mercy.
“We firmly believe that God is powerful and He loves us. So, we turn to Him with confidence. Hence, in the Archdiocese of Manila, let us join our hands, our voices, and hearts together in prayer and charity to implore God’s help as we also help one another,” Pabillo said.
According to the Archdiocese of Manila, Bishop Pabillo instructed all the parishes and religious communities in the archdiocese to observe a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament with special intentions at 6 p.m. on May 5 for frontliners, May 6 for the sick, and May 7 for the dead.
On May 8, the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila will gather for the Mass for the Dead at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila at 9 a.m.
“We bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones. The whole Archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus,” Pabillo said.
“A memorial wall can be set up in parishes with the pictures of those who have died this past year. This can serve as a reminder to all to always pray for them,” the Church leader added.
Pabillo, likewise, encouraged basic ecclesial communities, parishes, schools, and religious institutions to organize activities and programs that would promote charity, like feeding programs and distribution of food bags and gift certificates.
Some parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have set up community pantry stations in front of their churches for the needy.