Tuguegarao archbishop declares ‘Rosary Day’ to combat COVID-19
Archbishop Ricardo Baccay of Tuguegarao. PHOTO FROM THE TUGUEGARAO ARCHDIOCESE
By Fr Mickey Cardenas
March 24, 2020
In solidarity with Pope Francis’ call for a worldwide prayer of the “Our Father” on March 25 to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Tuguegarao archdiocese has declared a “Rosary Day for Deliverance from CoVid-19”.
“Let us join the call of Pope Francis for all Christians to join the ecumenical praying of the ‘Our Father’, as a response to the CoVid-19 pandemic,” Archbishop Ricardo Baccay said.
Since the day falls on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, he also called for a “Rosary Day for Deliverance from CoVid-19” to rally the faithful to “lift up all our intentions through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Piat, ‘Yena Tam Ngamin’.”
“Yena Tam Ngamin” is the Ibanag term for “Mother of All”, the endearing way of locals to address ‘Nuestra Señora de Piat’, patroness of Cagayan Valley.
The rosary day is an archdiocesan-wide prayer of the Angelus and the Holy Rosary at 6pm to precede the worldwide prayer of the “Our Father” in union with the Pope at 7pm.
In an earlier letter, Baccay urged the faithful to unite with one another “in the bond of spiritual communion” with the help of technology, such as following the live transmission of the Mass through TV, radio and the Internet.
“Through these modern means, the faithful are called upon to be one with us in our celebrations inside their homes,” he said.
Foreseeing that families will be “cooped up in their homes” for an indefinite period, the Cagayan Prelate advised them to see the present situation as an opportunity to discover “new expressions of love” for God, the family, and especially the poor.
He reminded Catholics not to forget those who are most heavily affected: the poor and the daily wage earners. He urged people, in close coordination with their local government units (LGUs), to reach out being creative in going out of their way to help them in their basic needs.