By: Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war,
With the Cross of Jesus going on before….
With these words, I plead with you to join the Catholic faithful in Lingayen Dagupan and throughout the nation in a rosary prayer campaign from today until our national elections on May 9.
Blessed Pius IX said “If I had an army to pray the rosary, I could conquer the world.”
“It was not courage, not arms, not leaders but Mary of the Rosary that made us victorious”, said the Venetian senators after the Battle of Lepanto.
The rosary is the weapon of our times according to San Padre Pio. And centuries ago, Pope Adrian VI said the rosary is the scourge of the devil.
In my pastoral guidelines for the 2013 elections, I reminded you of the unique importance of prayer for national change. Our best contribution is to pray that the Lord of history guide every voter and guide every candidate. It is God who can enlighten our decisions. It is God who can thwart the plans of evil men and women to destroy social order. It is God who can give us the best leaders for the good of everyone.
Pray ALL the mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory EVERYDAY until May 9. Pray as a family. Pray while travelling. Pray in the offices or factories. Pray everywhere for our national elections.
By the power of the rosary, we can stop the evil of election violence and cheating.
By the power of the rosary, we can win the battle for peaceful and credible elections.
By the power of the rosary, we can fight stubbornness, cynicism and stupidity in making our choices. Let the rosary melt our hardened hearts and arrogant lips.
By the power of the rosary, we can crush the devil’s head and let the Lord of History reign in our beautiful land.
Pray the rosary for our national elections.
Pass on this invitation and let us fill the Philippines with the light and power of the HOLY ROSARY!
2 days ago I posted on FB if we can make a Rosary Rally for 9 Consecutive Hours. I suggest that as a nation we will do it simultaneously. Maybe Msgr. Soc Villegas can ask the Catholic Supporters of Roxas Robredo to do this on Friday since it is the First Friday of the month and the last day of the campaign period if I am not mistaken.
The Rosary Rally is done every hour for 9 consecutive hours. Maybe the group can sing Worship Songs after every 5 decades. You have to start it at the same time. Example, if at the first hour you started at exactly 1:00 p.m. next would be at exactly 2:00 p.m.and so on, as it is believed that Mama Mary is waiting for us every hour to pray with us!