The Archdiocese of Manila encouraged the faithful to pray for peace in the Holy Land as a united community following the recent horrendous attacks by militant group Hamas in Israel on October 7.
In a circular addressed to the clergy on October 14, Vice Chancellor Fr. Carmelo “Jek” Arada, Jr. requested all parishes and other religious communities to respond to the call of His Eminence, Latin Patriarch Pierbattista Cardinal Pizzabella to hold “a day of fasting and prayer for peace and reconciliation” on October 17, 2023.
“In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, we request that our parishes and communities gather our people for prayer like the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament / Holy Hour and the praying of the rosary on 17 October 2023 or any day your community decides,” Fr. Arada wrote.
The circular included the message of Cardinal Pizzabella who stressed “the need to pray [and] to turn our hearts to God the Father.”
“Only in this way we can draw the strength and serenity needed to endure these hard times, by turning to Him, in prayer and intercession, to implore and cry out to God amidst the anguish,” the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem stated.
Along with Fr. Arada’s letter were prayers prepared by the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission (ALC) that the faithful can use for their respective Eucharistic Adoration. (Photo from Vatican News)