SAMAL, Bataan- Diocesan schools in Bataan started on Monday a special prayer against earthquake that will be recited for four consecutive Mondays.
Father Tony Bernardo, parish priest of the St. Catherine of Siena Church in Samal, Bataan, said Bishop Rufino Santos composed the prayer not only for Bataan but for the whole country. Santos is bishop of the diocese of Balanga who has control over parishes in 11 towns and one city of Bataan.
“Kung hindi maiwasan ang lindol, sana hindi naman malakas na makakayanan at ligtas ang mga tao,” Bernardo said.
Amy Ponce, principal of the St. Catherine of Siena Academy, said they have been reciting a prayer against bad weather for almost a year especially during the months of July to September.
“Panalangin sa Masamang Panahon” was prepared by Bishop Santos.
“Ang special prayer na ito na gawa rin ni bishop ay dadasalin for four consecutive Mondays. Ito’y sama-samang panalangin laban sa masamang dulot ng lindol,” the principal said.
“Spare us from earthquakes. Deliver us from shocks and shakes,” read the prayer in part.
Some 820 students and pupils of St. Catherine participated in the prayers after the flag-raising ceremony, Samaleno Hymn, religious song, Panatang Makabayan and prayer to the Sacred Heart asking for blessing of the province, people and family.