Manila Bishop Pabillo declares May 8 as a day of prayer for lost lives due to COVID-19

Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo. (File photo courtesy of CBCP)

PASIG CITY, April 23 (PIA) – Manila Archdiocese administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo has declared a day of prayer and remembrance in the Manila archdiocese to honor those who have lost their lives to coronavirus. 

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Manila’s clergy on May 8 will pause to mourn the thousands who have died from the Covid-19 since the pandemic began a year ago.

In a pastoral instruction released Tuesday, the bishop said that the day will be marked a “Mass for the Dead” at the Manila Cathedral at 9 a.m.

We bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones,” Pabillo said adding that the whole archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

The prelate also asked all the parishioners to join the Mass through live streaming. He said that a memorial can also be set up in parishes with the pictures of those who succumbed to the disease.

This can serve as a reminder to all to always pray for them,” according to him.

The day of prayer will be preceded with three days of “Holy Hour” at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which will also be live streamed to the faithful.

The prelate likewise said there will be a pre-recorded video of a reflection for each day that will be played during the prayer service.

Together we shall implore the Lord for the frontliners on May 5, for the sick on May 6, and for the dead on May 7,” he added. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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