by Clyde Ericson H. Nolasco, Margaux Salcedo
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in a letter addressed to priests and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, declared July 16 - August 5, from the Feast of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, as “21 Days of Prayer for National Healing”.
The Archbishop called for this 21 Days of Prayer in the midst of “anxiety caused by the current pandemic and the socio-political turmoil.”
He expressed that we are never helpless as we turn to our dear Mother: “We turn to prayer. We turn to the Mother of God. We are never helpless if we cling to the Virgin Mother.”
He also explained in his letter that the 21 days will represent the 21 rebellious acts of the Israelites after the liberation from Egypt found in the books of the Old Testament: “We are in a state of rebellion against God and we are seeing the consequences of our sin. We must repent. We must be consecrated again if we wish to be healed.”
With this, he suggested the following as act of Consecration to Mary:
The Act of Consecration and Prayer for National Healing must be prayed in the masses led by the mass presider.
There will be a Eucharistic Celebration on August 5, to honor the Virgin Mary at the Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag at 11:00 am to be limited only for some priests and religious while it will also be streamed online and on different media platforms.
Each family is encouraged to pray the Act of Consecration at home after the family rosary and even repeatedly during the day.
That August 5 must only be a devout pious conclusion of the MASSIVE and WIDESPREAD Consecration in all sectors and communities starting July 16.
The full text of Archbishop's letter: