By Leslie Ann Aquino and Christina Hermoso
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will lead the faithful today in praying the rosary for the healing of the world. Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican, will go live from the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome at 9 PM (local time).
The “Healing Rosary for the World” is an initiative of the Manila Cathedral to be done every Wednesday night.
In a Facebook post, the Manila Cathedral said the move is for the big number of Filipinos who joined their worldwide rosary prayer last week.
“Please go to our Facebook page and press the LIKE and FOLLOW buttons so you can watch the livestream and let us again, as one nation, pray for healing and protection,” the post read.
On the same day, the Philippine Catholic Church will also participate in the simultaneous praying of the “Lord’s Prayer.”
“Heeding the Pope’s invitation, we recommend that we pray together the Lord’s Prayer at 7 p.m. on March 25,”
Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP secretary general, said in a circular. On Sunday, Pope Francis invited leaders of Christian Churches to join in reciting the “Our Father” on March 25 at noon in Rome (7 pm Manila time).
“In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the thread of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together, we lift our voices towards Heaven,” he said.
Feast of the Annunciation
Meanwhile, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos reminded the faithful that today’s Feast of the Annunciation is a manifestation that “God will save the fallen humanity as He promised.”
“The Blessed Virgin Mary received the good news. Mary has found favor with God. She will be the mother of the Savior. Salvation has come. God is faithful to His promise to save the fallen humanity,” said “In this difficult and dangerous times, trust that there will be good news to come, our own annunciations. Healing will come.
Cure and remedy will be found. This pandemic will be eradicated. We will be restored to sound health. We will be safe again. The world will be healed,” Santos said.
The bishop urged Catholics to stay strong and firm in their faith and to continue to do good amid the spread of the corona virus disease (COVID-19).
“Despite the sufferings and sacrifices, don’t take advantage of the situation for profit and personal gains. Do things in favor of God and of the common good. God is true to His word. He will save us. God will manifest His power and glory. God is not punishing us nor is God angry with us. He will rescue us, comfort us and grant us His healing.
“Have faith in God. Don’t lose hope, nor be discouraged. Don’t give up. Look up to God and hold on to His Word. Everything will come to pass. God will triumph. God will help us beat this virus. And that is our annunciation.”
The Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the revelation by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she “will be the mother of God” (Luke 1:26-38) and her complete submission to God’s holy plan.