More than a hundred priests of the Archdiocese of Manila responded to the call of Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, to join the Day of Prayer and Fasting.
Last June 1, the clergy of Manila gathered at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church to take part in a penitential service led by Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., Bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches.
The priests, including Bishops Bacani and Pabillo, took part in the confession peccati as a sign of acknowledgment of the priests’ failures, weaknesses and imperfections, being sinners as well.
“Napakahalaga na sa panahon ng matinding krisis na ito unang una ang Panginoon sapagkat ang Panginoon ang pinakalunas ng lahat, it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to take refuge in mortals,” Bishop Bacani said.
After the penitential service, the priests held the penitential walk from Quiapo Church to Sta. Cruz where the celebration of the Holy Eucharist was held presided over by Bishop Pabillo.
In an interview with Bishop Pabillo, he said that the event is a way of imploring God’s mercy and compassion during the pandemic. As a result, he is looking forward to a ‘spiritual impact’ among the priests and the faithful.
“Inaasahan po naming impact ay spiritual impact, naniniwala tayo sa salita ng Diyos na kapag tayo’y nagsisi, nagbagong buhay at nanalangin sa Diyos pakikinggan Niya ang ating dasal,” Bishop Pabillo told Radio Veritas.
In the afternoon, parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila held the celebration of the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Confession.
“Ito’y panawagan din sa mga tao na magkumpisal na din sila. Kasi yung ginawa din dito ay gagawin din sa parokya. Magkakaroon sila ng Misa at sana mag-set din sila ng panahon ng kanilang pagkukumpisal,” Bishop Pabillo said.
The Apostolic Administrator also encouraged the rest of the diocese in the country to replicate the Day of Prayer and Fasting if they think it will further help them grow spiritually.
“Kung nakita nila na maganda, we invite them. Sana ma-replicate nila kung nakita nilang makakatulong ito sa mga tao at sa mga pari. Hinihikayat namin kayo, ito pong ginagawa natin ay hindi lang ginagawa ng mga pari,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Ito ay panawagan para sa buong archdiocese sa buong simbahan na gawin nila. Mga pari lang ang gagawa representing you – yung penitential service, penitetniaol walk saka yung misa pero sana magagawa nyo din sa inyong mga parokya,” he added.
The penitential walk was held on the first day of June, the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also an act of preparation for the arrival of the newly appointed Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Jose F. Advincula. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)