Oratio Imperata for Peace to be prayed in Pangasinan for 28 days

February 24, 2015 10:25 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 23 — Archbishop Socrates Villegas of the Lingayen Dagupan archdiocese has enjoined all priests in the archdiocese to lead in praying the Oratio Imperata for Peace from March 1 to 28 as a post communion prayer in all churches and chapels of the archdiocese.

In his circular 2015-15 dated Feb. 23, 2015 Archbishop Villegas, who is also president of the Carholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the situation in the country and the world right now calls on "all of us to turn to the Lord in humble supplication and gather our people to pray".

He said as the nation continues to grieve over the tragedy in Mamapasano and the family of nations is threatened by war from extremist groups, their best contribution to the nation and to the world is to encourage people to pray.

The archbishop was referring to the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Maguidanao, and the terrorism caused by extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East and the Boko Haram in Nigeria and several terrorist attacks in France, Denmark and Australia.

In his circular posted in the website of the archdiocese, Archbishop Villegas quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and see my face and turn from their wicked ways, their will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land".

The Oratio Imperata for Peace, consisting of nine stanzas, was attached to the circular of the archbishop.

"Hopefully, this prayer (referring to the Orario Imperata for Peace) can calm the anxieties of our long suffering people and touch the hearts of the enemies of peace," the circular continues.

Archbishop Villegas said: "I trust that the obligatory prayer for lead will be diligently prayed as instructed." (PNA)



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