Catholics pray for deliverance from disasters


Posted at Aug 09 2012 07:29 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2012 04:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Archdiocese of Manila has directed the faithful to seek God’s help amid the heavy rains and floods that have devastated many in the region.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle ordered an “Oratio Imperata,” which the faithful will recite kneeling down after masses, Holy Hours, celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours and the praying of the rosary.

Oration imperata is Latin for mandatory prayer.

In an advisory, Manila Archdiocese communications chief Peachy Yamsuan said a circular was issued on Thursday morning. She said Tagle is now in the United States, but will be back tomorrow.

In a report from the CBCP News, CBCP Secretary Msgr. Joselito Asis also asked that the special prayer be recited in all churches.

He said there is a need for the prayer considering the great damage brought about by the monsoon rains.

The prayer was first said in the Diocese of Legazpi in 2009 after the province of Albay was severely damaged by a series of super typhoons.