Church bells ring for those who died during past months 

September 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – Every eight o’clock in the evening from September 14-21, the bells in all churches of the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese will simultaneously ring as a call for night prayers for those who died violently in the past months through police encounters, vigilante killings or accidental gunshots.
But the bell ringing is an appeal to conscience,  not a threat of death for the offenders but a call to return to the peace of the Lord by spiritual reform, Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a circular to the priests in the diocese.
“Eight o’clock at night is the traditional time to ring the bells for Nunc Dimittis of the night prayers. It is also the customary De Profundis moment to pray for the dead,” he said.
The nights of prayers follow a concelebrated mass on Wednesday afternoon at the St. John Cathedral which was offered fo the sould of the departed peace keeping government personnel, for killed suspected criminals, for the victims of drug addicts and even more for innocent victims.
A mission sending ceremony was also held for the duly trained ministers of mercy who will provide pastoral care for drug users who want to reform their lives.
It was also on Wednesday that the  the parishes  put up “Huwag kang papatay” signage to remind our people of our Christian duty to observe the Fifth Commandment.
“As we stand up for the dignity of every human person and the sacredness of every human life, let us ask the Lord to win this battle for us. May the Lord give peace to the dead! May the Lord give peace to the living! Not as the world gives but as the Lord gives!” he said.
Villegas said the “love of Christ urges us to invite you to come together in prayer to share our common grief at the deaths that we have been seeing in the past months.”
“Let us turn to the Lord of Life and beg for His mercy that we may look at the recent events in our society with His eyes, to love another with His love and act together through His Spirit dwelling in our hearts,” he said.
He proclaimed September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the archdiocese, when priests, men and women in consecrated life and the laity were asked to abstain from meat, partake of only one meal instead of the usual meals and receive Holy Communion.
The following day, the memorial of the Sorrowful Mother, “I invite you to share with the poor the food we did not eat the day before,” he said. YOLANDA SOTELO


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