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Bishops to release Oratio Imperata to pray for rain

MANILA, Feb. 25 –Bishops will be releasing a special prayer, “Oratio Imperata” to cope up with the impending El Nino phenomenon in some areas in the country.

Cebu Archdiocese spokesperson Msgr. Achilles Dakay said that they will release their prayer on Sunday (February 28).

“This coming Sunday, we will come out with Oratio Imperata,” he said, in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.

Dakay added that the prayer is in anticipation of the big effect of the drought on crops as well as farm lands.

The “oratio imperata” is a special prayer for a special intention, besides the ones prescribed by rituals, that the Pope or the bishop of a diocese may require to be said during Mass in all parishes.

Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said they will also release their own Oratio Imperata in a circular letter to pray for it to rain.

Likewise, Jumoad is appealing to other prelates and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP council to release a nationwide Oratio Imperata since many farmers are now affected by the El Nino.

“I am appealing too, to my co-bishops, to CBCP council to come up with nationwide Oratio Imperata because every farmer has been affected by El Nino,” he said.

On the other hand, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal recently met with officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to discuss the environmental programs in the various parishes of the archdiocese.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier reported that the El Nino phenomenon hitting the country is expected to worsen in the coming months.

Experts said that the areas that are likely to be hit by the natural calamity are the whole of Luzon and Western Visayas. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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