MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the faithful to pray the rosary starting on Friday until May 9, Election Day, to guide the voters and as well as the candidates.
CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued the statement less than a month to go before the May 9 national and local polls.
“…I plead with you to join the Catholic faithful in Lingayen Dagupan and throughout the nation in a rosary prayer campaign from today (April 15) until our national elections on May 9,” he said.
Villegas added, “The rosary is the weapon of our times according to San Padre Pio. And centuries ago, Pope Adrian VI said the rosary is the scourge of the devil.”
The Lingayen-Dagupan prelate also reiterated the “unique importance of prayer for national change.”
“Our best contribution is to pray that the Lord of history guide every voter and guide every candidate. It is God who can enlighten our decisions. It is God who can thwart the plans of evil men and women to destroy social order. It is God who can give us the best leaders for the good of everyone,” he said.
Villegas added, “Pray ALL the mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory EVERYDAY until May 9. Pray as a family. Pray while traveling. Pray in the offices or factories. Pray everywhere for our national elections.”
“By the power of the rosary, we can stop the evil of election violence and cheating.
By the power of the rosary, we can win the battle for peaceful and credible elections.
By the power of the rosary, we can fight stubbornness, cynicism and stupidity in making our choices. Let the rosary melt our hardened hearts and arrogant lips.
By the power of the rosary, we can crush the devil’s head and let the Lord of History reign in our beautiful land. Pray the rosary for our national elections. Pass on this invitation and let us fill the Philippines with the light and power of the HOLY ROSARY!” he said. PNA/northboundasia.com