January 2, 2015
First Friday of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
RE: Obligatory Novena Holy Hour for the Papal Visit
My dear people of God:
As the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis approaches, we are being asked to mobilize our Catholic faithful in our parishes to pray for the safety and security of the Holy Father while His Holiness is in the Philippines. Unable to use the regular security precautions like bullet proof vehicles and armed security men, we turn to the Lord and ask Him to keep the Holy Father safe from all harm. If we come together in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we claim the Lord’s blessings of security and peace and order. God is our refuge; in His love we are secure.
The format Holy Hour that you are encouraged to use in all parishes, religious communities and schools may be downloaded from www. lingayen-dagupan.org
The novena for the safety of Pope Francis during his Apostolic Visit must be prayed in the entire Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan from January 6 to 14, 2015 at a time when most of the parishioners can participate. This is an OBLIGATORY NOVENA in the Archdiocese.
I trust that you understand the urgency of the situation and the invaluable recourse to simultaneous prayer nationwide.
Thank you in advance for this spiritual support.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan