Circular No. 21-27
Your Eminences, Archbishops and Bishops and Diocesan Administrators:
A Blessed Easter to all of you!
On Palm Sunday, 28 March 2021, I sent you a short message with the suggestion that we pray more fervently for the end of this great suffering and misery that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to our people.
A suggestion was given to me that we can highlight this urgent prayer and plea this coming Sunday, Feast of the Divine Mercy.
Thus, I thought that the suggestion is worth-considering, and I am passing on to you such a possibility for your consideration in your dioceses and in the parishes under your jurisdiction.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, 11 April 2021, we include in our liturgy our plea to the Lord, the Lord of the Divine Mercy, to put an end to this pandemic that has brought us so much misery and sorrow. We can include this in the Introduction prepared for the Mass, in our Homilies, and in our Prayer of the Faithful. Needless to say, such a plea and urgent prayer fits well into the liturgy of this day, which focuses on the Lord Jesus as the Lord of mercy and compassion.
With prayers and best wishes, I remain
+ Romulo G. Valles, D.D.
Archbishop of Davao
Easter Wednesday, 7 April 2021