MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Filipinos to mark All Saints ‘Day and All Saints’ Day by praying for each other during the COVID-19 crisis.
“As we follow the example of the saints and pray for our deceased loved ones, let us also pray for each other, especially during this pandemic,” Duterte said in a post.
“We pray for those who died from COVID-19 and we also pray for those who sacrificed their lives and limbs to save more lives and protect us,” he continued.
Duterte said the centuries-old Catholic tradition of remembering the deceased on these occasions “gives us a time to reflect and be grateful for the gift of life and the promise of eternity.”
“With the grace of the Almighty, I have every confidence that we will brave these difficult times and emerge as a stronger nation,” he said.
Millions of Filipino Catholics usually offer prayers and flowers for their deceased loved ones in cemeteries during the holidays of All Saints and All Saints.
But the government closed all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks and columbariums from October 29 to November 2 to minimize the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
Duterte declared November 1, 2021 as a special holiday for All Saints ‘Day and November 2 as a special working day for All Saints’ Day.