Friday, 20 March 2020 13:46

Pray, Fast, and Help Those in Need


The Archdiocese of Manila issued a Pastoral Instruction on "Days of Fasting and Prayer" in response to the Metro Manila Bishops appeal that prayer, penance, and fasting which will be done during all the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday. The instruction was given in the context of the current situation of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, the Archdiocese's Apostolic Administrator, emphasized that the faithful should allow themselves to seek Divine Intervention from God and encourage their families to pray and share the Word of God together. 

"On these days let us take time to pray, especially pray as a family. You can join in the online Holy Mass, you can pray the rosary, even all the four mysteries, and you can read the Scriptures as a family and have some kind of Bible sharing," he said.

 Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila l File Photo of RCAM-AOC

He asked the faithful to pray for those who are directly affected by the virus, those who have died and the frontliners responding to the crisis.

"Let us pray for the healing of those afflicted by the virus, let us pray for the eternal repose of those who have died and their families, let us pray that the spread of this contagion be stopped, let us pray for the protection of the health care workers," he added. 

Bishop Pabillo reminded the faithful that fasting is not measured on how long a person can feel hunger. He said the intake of food can be reduced but with consideration to the health condition of a person.

"As for fasting, you can lessen the intake of food, like no merienda, or only two meals, or take only one full meal that day, depending on the health condition of each one. These Fridays are also days of abstinence from meat. Let us be reminded, though, that fasting is not just measured by the feeling of hunger," the bishop said.

The Apostolic Administrator appealed that parishes and church institutions send their donations to Caritas Manila in order to provide necessities for the needy and health workers.

"I appeal to all to set aside whatever they may have saved because they have fasted and give this to those who are in need. Those who are capable can even go much further. They can donate more generously to the poor and the health care workers. Our call of entreaty to God will be heard if we also hear the silent cry of those who have none. You can send your donations to your parishes or to Caritas Manila. The Archdiocese has a program to reach out to them through the parishes and other church institutions," Bishop Pabillo said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

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