The Vatican has selected Antipolo Cathedral as one of the Marian sanctuaries that will participate in the 30-day prayer marathon to pray for the end of the pandemic.
Simultaneous prayer will be held throughout the month of May, at 6 p.m., Rome time; or 12 midnight, Philippine time.
Vatican media will broadcast the prayer at the Antipolo Cathedral.
“During each day of May, guided by a calendar with specific intentions, all the Shrines around the world, united in a communion of supplication, will lift up their prayers, which, like the fragrance of incense, will rise up to heaven,” according to the liturgical guide published by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
“Thirty Marian Shrines will take turns leading this prayer throughout the Church and offering the faithful a series of prayer moments for them to participate throughout the entire day.”
Antipolo Cathedral was instructed to pray the Holy Rosary for the intention of all families.
Antipolo Cathedral chosen by Vatican for prayer marathon to end pandemic
The Catholic Church considers May to be the Month of Mary.
According to Fr. Nante Tolentino, rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, a blessing to include the Church of Antipolo among the number of Marian shrines around the world.
“Napakahalaga nito at ito’y blessing para sa ating mga Pilipino. Alam naman natin, napakaraming mga international shrines, national shrines, diocesan shrines sa buong mundo. At 30 shrines lang ‘yung kailangan ni Pope Francis para makasama niya sa marathon rosary na ito,” said Tolentino.
Tolentino said it is important for the community to participate in the prayers of the churches to express the united demand now that the pandemic has been going on for more than a year.
“Simula nang magkaroon ng pandemic, nakita ‘yung importansya na tayo’y magkaisa at magsama-sama. Hindi lang sa pagi-ingat, hindi lang sa pagsugpo sa pandemic; kundi higit sa lahat, sa pagdarasal sa Panginoon, sa tulong ng Mahal na Birhen kasi lahat tayo apektado,” said Tolentino.