The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on the faithful to pray for rains amidst the devastating effects of El Niño.
The archbishop asked the faithful to pray as the country experiences the effects of the El Niño phenomenon which has caused drought in many provinces particularly in Mindanao, where farmers staged a rally to demand more government aid.
“Low water supply means hunger and thirst for most of us; El Niño continues to threaten our relationship with one another,” Villegas posted in his social media account. “O Lord, this is a very hostile phenomenon that we beg for You to end.”
Archbishop Villegas posted a prayer for rain and hoped that people will be taught to be more generous in this time of crisis.
The full text of the prayer goes:
Most Gracious and Most Merciful God,
Creator, Source and Giver of all things,
Most powerful in heaven and on earth,
We give You honor and glory.
We thank You
For our home – the earth;
For our light – the sun, moon and stars;
For our solace – our family and friends, our community, our neighbors.
United as Your children, we come to You, pleading,
Shower us with rain, provide us with water that we need.
Father, Your children are begging to survive,
Hear us, we desire to live.
Prolonged drought is depriving us of the fruits of our toil;
Low water supply means hunger and thirst for most of us;
El Niño continues to threaten our relationship with one another.
O Lord, this is a very hostile phenomenon that we beg for You to end.
At this time of looming catastrophe, dear Lord, dwell in our hearts.
Teach us to be more generous; bring out the best in us;
Turn our eyes and ears toward the needs of others, especially the poor.
Move us to share more, care more, serve more and love more.
Holy God, You sanctify this earth to be our sacred abode.
Grant us courage to take in hand the sufferings of the environment;
Grant us might to save and protect the beauty of nature.
Grant us wisdom to restore whatever we have destroyed.
O Loving God, behold on us, Your beloved children
Feel us, feel for us;
Let heaven cry and its tears be our blessed rain.
Have mercy on us Lord, have mercy.
We beg you,
Most Gracious and Merciful God,
Please, let it rain.
In its El Niño Advisory No. 13, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that a strong El Niño persists in the Central and Eastern Equatorial Pacific (CEEP). It added: “climate models suggest gradual weakening of El Niño in March-April-May 2016 season leading to ENSO-neutral condition by May-June-July (MJJ) 2016.”
The weather bureau also recorded the highest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year on Monday, April 11, at 35.7 degrees Celsius.
The report added that if heat index will be based on the air temperature measured, the “real feel” or heat index which is higher by three degrees Celsius is 38.7 degrees.