Sunday, 27 December 2020 16:28

The Season of Christmas promises Joy amidst Difficulties

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila delivered a message of hope and consolation in his Christmas message that “God is with us” even during this difficult year

The pandemic, the Bishop said,  has brought the country into trying times making it difficult to live life from the way it used to be.

.Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

Apart from the current problem of addressing the pandemic and providing cure for those infected by the virus, the country has been experiencing continued rise in violence such as the recent murder of mother and son, Sonya and Frank Anthony Gregorio in Tarlac.

Amidst all of these, the bishop has reminded the faithful to trust and remain faithful in the love and the mercy of God.

“We are no strangers to problems and difficulties. We do not know how these can be solved, or at least averted. But Christmas assures us: God is with us. God has become man in order to share our journey in this life. This is the source of our confidence and joy,” the Bishop said.

He also praised and acknowledged the efforts of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila of providing online masses, recollections and other internet-based religious activities that help the people strengthen their faith. The Bishop also thanked the parishes especially those who work hard in the preparations for Simbang Gabi Masses.

“All of these manifest the faith and devotion of our people and their great longing to welcome the Lord Jesus with the Blessed Virgin Mary. May God be praised! We thank our priests and our media people for their indefatigable work during these days,” he said.

Bishop Pabillo presided over the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, at 8 a.m., while the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown led the Christmas Day Mass on December 25, at 11 a.m. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 


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