The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) encouraged the prelates to pray for Myanmar as the Southeast Asian country will commemorate its “Martyrs’ Day” on Monday, July 19.
In a circular, CBCP Assistant Secretary General Fr. Carlo Del Rosario urged all bishops and diocesan administrators to join the commemoration which was declared by the CBCP as a “day of solidarity with Myanmar.”
“The Permanent Council in their meeting last July 7, 2021, has approved a proposal from Partnership Mission for People’s Initiative (PMPI), St. Vincent School of Theology, Loyola School of Theology and Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, (IDEALS) Inc. to declare a “DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH MYANMAR” on July 19, Monday,” the circular read.
“This will be a day of special observance especially for our sisters and brothers in Myanmar, which is designated as ‘Martyrs’ Day’ by their nation, commemorating the death and sacrifices of Gen. Aung San and his cabinet members who were assassinated on the said date, in the year 1947,” it added.
The CBCP encouraged all parishes to join the tolling of church bells at noon and at 6:00 p.m., as a sign and expression of their “support.”
The CBCP also encouraged the parishes to pray the “Prayer of Solidarity with Myanmar prepared by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy in all masses on the said day.”
Below is the full text of the “Prayer of Solidarity with Myanmar”:
God our loving Father,
you guide all creation with fatherly care.
We humbly pray for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar
in these trying times brought about by the military junta and Covid-19.
Many of them are suffering, hungry, sick, victims of violence,
displaced from their homes and separated from families.
Look upon them with mercy and protect them from all harm
and unite them in justice and peace.
We pray for all who stand for truth and justice,
may your Holy Spirit strengthen them in the assurance
that peacemakers are your children
and that their sacrifice and labor will bear fruit with your grace.
We pray for all those who cause these sufferings and violence,
that you may touch their hearts and lead them to repentance and change of hearts.
Bring all of us together peacefully into one family
and keep us all united in brotherly love.
We ask this, through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.