By Christina Hermoso
An interfaith nationwide prayer for peace will be held at noon on Thursday following the spate of bombings in Jolo, Sulu, Zamboanga, and in Lanao del Norte.
An initiative of the PasaLord Movement, the simultaneous prayer for peace “ seeks to unite Filipinos of various creeds and denominations to pray for peace in the Philippines. This synchronized prayer will be a historic occasion.
Never has the Philippines or any country in the world paused all their activities for a moment to lift the nation up to God Almighty,” said Mrs. Bing Pimentel, founder and convenor of the movement.
Government officials and various institutions in the country have been invited to take part in the event. Those joining the nationwide prayer are asked to wear any of the four colors of the Philippine flag. Before praying, participants are encouraged to raise their hands together, fingers interlinked, and bring the hands close to the heart.
At exactly 12 noon, participants should say the Prayer for Peace in the Philippines which has English, Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon versions. The participants may also pray for their own intentions, Pimentel said.
“I have no doubt that together, we can change the spiritual climate of the Philippines so that all the good that we have been trying to do may have a better chance of success,” she added.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, earlier, filed Senate Resolution No. 1002 that seeks to declare every first Thursday of February as Synchronized National Interfaith Prayers for Peace and Reconciliation “to encourage all Filipinos, regardless of religion, to pray as one nation and actively participate in reciting the Prayer for Peace in the Philippines.”