Let Priests’ Confession be act of humility imploring God’s mercy to stop pandemic

As the clergy of Manila prepares for A Day of Prayer and Fasting on June 1 where they are to make a Penitential Walk, the priests are also preparing to celebrate a communal penitential service as sign of repentance among the priests as well as among their flock. It would be an act of imploring God’s mercy to stop the spread and ravage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Novaliches Teodoro Bacani, Jr. who is currently residing in the Archdiocese of Manila, stressed the significance of the priests receiving confession. According to him, they do not only humble themselves and acknowledge their sins but they as well reflect the virtue of humility of Christ.

“Huwag itong ituring na gawain lamang ng mga pari kundi tanawin na ang mga pari ay kinatawan ng buong sambayanang nagsisisi at tumalikod sa pagiging makasarili,” Bishop Bacani told Radio Veritas.

The Bishop, who proposed the priest’s penitential walk also stressed that because of the “pandemic of indifference”, people neglect to care and look after the needs of others.

“Sa naranasang pandemic ngayon may mensahe sa atin ang Diyos, masyado nang nilalabag at tinatakpan ang Diyos; mensahe ng Diyos sa tao na gamitin ang lahat ng bagay na ipinagkaloob ngunit huwag kayong magmalaki at makasarili; mas malaki ang pandemic of indifference kaysa sa COVID-19 pandemic,” Bishop Bacani said.

Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila issued a Pastoral Instruction entitled “We humbled ourselves to God” on Tuesday, May 25, and encouraged the faithful to join in a Day of Prayer and Fasting and to seek God’s mercy to pour upon his people during these hard times.

The Apostolic Administrator gave the instruction that the clergy will gather at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church on June 1, 2021, at 8:30 in the morning. The priests will receive the sacrament of Confession after which they will walk to Santa Cruz Church and attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Bishop Pabillo.

The faithful are encouraged to join and participate in the said activity through the live streaming on the Facebook pages of the Archdiocese’s Social Communications platforms, namely, TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC). Some parishes will also be crossposting the event in their social media page.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people infected with COVID-19 has reached nearly 170 million worldwide. There were 3.4 million who have died. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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