Remember politicians in prayer, bishop says

Remember politicians in prayer, bishop says

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga. COURTESY OF RCAM AOC/LAUREEN CAMILLE JARING

By CBCP News

April 16, 2020

Manila, Philippines

A church official said that people need to do more than attacking political leaders nowadays.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said that politicians need help and prayers more than ever because of the coronavirus crisis.

“We should also pray for all our politicians,” Santos said. “This is the time to show their true worth, to live up to the expectations of our people and to show real, true service.”

Santos said the pandemic is a call for government leaders to serve the common good and they may find just solution to Covid-19.

“Our situation is a call for them to be servants to their constituents, opportunity to help and unite our people to overcome this Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

The Balanga diocese on Thursday released a special prayer for politicians, asking God to guide them during these trying times.

“May their life be a living testimony of self-giving and self-service; neither for personal privileges nor for personal convenience,”p art of the prayer reads.

“Inspire them to be like your Son, Jesus, reaching and seeking the least and the last; helping the poor and marginalized; protecting and promoting the sanctity of human life,” it also stated.

Below is the full text of the prayer prepared by Bishop Santos :

Prayer for Politicians in time of Covid-19

O Almighty God and merciful Father, we recognize all power resides in You. You have authority over all creation. We pray for our politicians and submit them under Your guidance and grace. May they consistently put to practice their promises of services, particularly in these trying times of Covid-19. May their life be a living testimony of self-giving and self-service; not for personal privileges nor for personal convenience. Neither for their own family nor political party. Never to enrich themselves or lord it over their constituents.

Inspire them to be like your Son, Jesus, reaching and seeking the least and the last; helping the poor and marginalized; protecting and promoting the sanctity of human life. Grant our politicians the discernment to live the way Christ did, for “He came not to be served but to serve” (Matt 20:28). We also pray that you keep them physically and spiritually healthy at all times. With humble hearts we ask all these in Christ’s name, Amen.

Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario del Pueblo de Orani, pray for us!
St. Joseph, pray for us!