MANILA – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Thursday urged heads of archdioceses and dioceses to include the prayer to the Divine Mercy on Sunday to put an end to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“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,” CBCP president Archbishop Romulo Valles said in a circular addressed to archbishops and bishops and Diocesan administrators.
He said the prayer can be included in the introduction prepared for the Mass, in homilies, and the 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,” he added.
Earlier, Valles issued a message to the archbishops and bishops to pray fervently and unceasingly for God’s intervention to spare the people from the effects of the pandemic.
“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,” he added.
Valles issued the statement in view of the high number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
Unless extended, the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal under enhanced community quarantine will end on Sunday. (PNA)