Manila parishes urged to have simple celebration of EDSA People Power Revolt

MANILA -- Parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila were urged to have a simple celebration of the 31st EDSA People Power Revolution on Saturday.

"As we join the whole Church in the Philippines in celebrating the Year of the Parish, I invite all parishes to a simple commemoration of EDSA People Power," Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in a circular letter issued on Friday.

He suggested that parishes hold public prayer events, such as processions, rosary rallies, and prayer worship, and incorporate the examination of personal and communal consciences. Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate, he said.

"We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth. What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground," Tagle added.

At the same time, he reminded the faithful about what happened and what the people should remember about February 25.

"Just like any great event, it has many aspects with various levels of meaning. For us in the Church, it was an event of people relying on their faith for social transformation. In full view of the world, the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change," the archbishop said.

"Thirty-one years later, we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace."

On Saturday, Filipinos will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the bloodless revolution that toppled the Marcos administration. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency