Palace calls for national day of prayer

Posted at 01/12/2014 1:24 PM | Updated as of 01/12/2014 11:28 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Malacanang on Sunday called for a national day of prayer on January 20 following the disasters that wrought havoc in the country.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. urged all sectors to join the prayer, which will be led by President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang.

“The National Day of Prayer and Solidarity with the theme ‘One Nation in Prayer’ is going to be held in accordance with the Filipino people’s recognition of the guidance of Divine Providence in our forward movement towards a more progressive future,” Coloma told radio dzRB, adding that he hopes it will be an inter-faith, multi-sectoral action.

Aquino also had the same message for his toast at the annual Vin d’Honneur held last week.

“Some of you have marveled at the resilience of our nation, a people whose fate though challenged remain constant and only deepened. Our unbreakable spirit and ability to recover find root in our firm belief in a benevolent God who has the perfect plan for all of us. These tragedies tell us that despite all our efforts, we are indeed powerless without God,” Aquino said at the annual gathering.

Many have been awed by the Filipinos’ attitude amid disasters, including the havoc of super typhoon Yolanda that claimed the lives of thousands in Visayas, which many attributed to Filipinos’ religiosity and spirituality.

Citing an expert, Coloma noted that Filipinos started the rehabilitation process less than two months after the Yolanda tragedy.