21 days of prayer for national healing declared


LINGAYEN-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has declared 21 days of prayer in his archdiocese for national healing that started on July 16.

Villegas said the anxiety caused by the current pandemic and the socio-political turmoil born from various social issues has made people clueless on what to do and how to respond as spiritual leaders and how to be disciples with the disciples of the Lord in crisis.”

He said the 21 days of consecration to the Virgin Mary with prayer for national healing is from July 16, the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel up to August 5, Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

Citing the significance of number 21, he referred to the 21 rebellious acts of the Israelites after the liberation from Egypt.

“We are in state of rebellion against God and we are seeing the consequences of our sin. We must repent. We must be consecrated again if we wish to be healed,” he said.

He said the Act of Consecration and Prayer for National Healing must be prayed after the Post Communion Prayer led by the Mass presider on his knees facing the altar in all Masses in the archdiocese.

On August 5, there will be a Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary at the Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag at 11:00 a.m.

Due to the limitations set by the pandemic, only the diocesan and religious priests, religious sisters and 20 representatives from ONLA (Olupan na Laiko) will be in attendance inside the basilica.  It will be on live streaming.

Villegas encourages families to pray the Act of Consecration at home after the family rosary and even repeatedly during the day.

“”Let us not give in to discouragement and depression. Let us go to our Lady. Let us take comfort in the message of Our Lady to San Juan Diego: Trust in me. I am your Mother,” Villegas said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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