The bishops of the Philippines called for three days of ‘intense prayer’ for the country and the coming election on May 9.
In a circular released on May 6, 2022, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, President of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines (CBCP) called for three days of ‘intense prayer’ on May 8, 9 and 10.
“We can only fight this battle in the best way we can—through prayer and well-discerned action,” said Bishop David.
Bishop David asked Churches to remain open and the Blessed Sacrament exposed for adoration. He also encouraged Eucharistic Adorers and members of the Apostleship of Prayer to take turns in keeping vigil before the Blessed Sacrament and pray the Holy Rosary and the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Oratio Imperata for the Elections.
He as well requested the “communities of consecrated persons in our respective ecclesiastical jurisdictions, especially the Contemplatives among them, to do the same in their Convent chapels.”
The Bishop of Kalookan has also asked the faithful to pray for all the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officials and all those who will take part in the national and local elections.
“That we consciously pray that all national and local COMELEC officials faithfully and efficiently carry out their duties as mandated by law, and, with the assistance of PPCRV, NAMFREL, the mass media, the PNP and all other organizations accredited to monitor the conduct of the elections, and succeed in accomplishing a clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful election,” Bishop David said.
CBCP also urged churches to ring their bells on Monday, May 9, at the opening of voting precincts at 6 a.m. for 10 minutes.
“That on Monday, May 9, upon the opening of the polling precincts, we have our Church bells rung at 6 am for ten minutes, to remind our faithful to exercise their civic duty as citizens to vote, and to do so in the spirit of prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten their consciences in their choice of new national and local leaders for our country,” Bishop David said.
“That in our solidarity in prayer, we beg the Holy Spirit to drive away the evil spirits that influence desperate candidates and their supporters to engage in vote buying, fraudulent practices, threats, intimidations and acts of violence,” he added.
From the data of COMELEC, there are more than 65 million registered Filipinos who will cast their votes in May 9 elections. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)