DAGUPAN CITY: All priests in the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese were enjoined to hold a nine-day novena in churches and chapels and in schools from January 6 to 14 to pray for the safety of Pope Francis during his visit in the Philippines.
The appeal was contained in Circular 2015-2 signed by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which was posted in the website of the archdiocese rcard. org on January 3.
“…we are being asked to mobilize our Catholic faithful in our parishes to pray for the safety of the Holy Father while His Holiness is in the Philippines. Unable to use the regular security precautions like bullet proof vehicles and armed security men, we turn to the Lord and ask Him to keep the Holy Father safe from harm,” the circular read.
“ If we come together in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we claim the Lord’s blessing of security and peace and order. God is refuge. In His love, we are secure,” the circular continued.
Villegas’ circular enclosed a format of Holy Hour that the priests in the archdiocese are encouraged to use in their parishes, religious communities and schools.
“I trust that you (priests) understand the urgency of the situation and the invaluable recourse to simultaneous prayer nationwide. Thank you in advance for the spiritual support,”the Archbishop said.