In Oroquieta City, Nightly Community Rosary Ritual for COVID-19 Healing
Choose Philippines | April 20, 2020
Story by Dynah Diestro
As we take steps to protect ourselves and others physically from the spread of COVID-19, let us also remember to turn to God for protection and healing. During the implementation of the community quarantine, the imposed isolation changed how people pray and live their faith. People can no longer gather on Sundays or in group worship, giving rise to different methods of practicing their beliefs.
The streets of Barangay Mobod in Oroquieta City was filled with lights from lighted candles as residents offer daily prayers. Every eight o’clock in the evening, residents go out of their house to light a candle on the side of the street and together pray the rosary.
The assigned rosary leader uses a speaker so that other residents can participate in the mass prayer in their respective homes. “Gi-ampo namo ang atong president, gi-ampo pud ang mga frontliners, atong pamilya, tanan nga nalambigit kay wala man ta’y laing mahimo ani pag-ampo ra man gyud ang importante (We pray for the president, frontliners and our families because our prayers are our most powerful weapon in this battle),” said Bendalinda Plata, one of the prayer leaders.
The daily rosary started in March, with barangay residents actively participating in the prayer ritual. They also encouraged other communities to conduct the same initiative in full trust and hope that this crisis will finally end.
After this pandemic is defeated, we will be wise to remember the prayers we uttered in this time of sickness. May this pandemic humble our hearts and teach us the prayers of the weak, the concerned, and the speechless.