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Inter–faith group highlights prayers for various sectors
by Jane B. Cadalig

Intercessory prayers for various sectors of society highlighted the city government’s Easter Sunrise program, which was part of the city’s Holy Week observance last week.

The Easter Sunrise program, also called Wholesome Family Event, was initiated by the Baguio City Character Council and church leaders under the Baguio-Benguet Ecumenical Group, an inter-faith group working with the city government in propagating positive character among the residents and in promoting family-oriented events.

The Easter Sunrise service featured intercessory prayers for the family, government, media, city, health, churches, education, environment, and the economy.

For the family, the group sought the Lord’s grace for families to live in harmony, to be protected from evils and misfortunes, and to be healed when they are in pain. The group also sought intercession that families may extend forgiveness to their members and love, respect, and encourage one another.

The prayer for the government sought for the Lord’s guidance and grace for the country to overcome the difficulties experienced in the bureaucracy and that those in authority may take their responsibilities seriously and be guided when they make decisions on issues on corruption, gambling, and family life and that they may have a passion for people, for truth, and for righteousness.

The prayer for the media sought that journalists will do their best to bring light where there is darkness and truth where there is falseness, for artists to produce films that can help evangelize the world, and for the eradication of those who desire to report false information and lies. The group also sought intercession for the Almighty to give wisdom, honesty, and courage to those who seek Him and restore a righteous standard of journalist so that truth will prevail in the country.

For Baguio City, the prayer sought for the city’s protection from corruption, for the people to shun gambling, and for the restoration of family harmony. The intercession also sought for righteous leaders and a disciplined citizenry and for city officials to shun personal gain and purpose and serve without evasion and reservation and for the Character Council to network with churches and schools to advocate morality and spirituality.

The prayer for health sought that those in the medical profession may be faithful to their pledge to heal and harm no one and that they may be protected against the temptation of greed and that they may be part of the Lord’s healing power.

For the churches, the group prayed for pastors, priests, and church workers to be adequately equipped, have strong faith and be prepared to meet the challenges they may face so they may serve and find joy in working with members of the congregations and in serving the Lord.

For education, the prayer sought that all institutions of learning may be centers for sound learning, discovery, and pursuit for wisdom and that teachers and learners may find the Lord as the source of all truth. The intercession also sought for wisdom and discernment for parents and educators to safeguard the hearts and minds of children.

The prayer for environment sought that the Lord give people the foresight and open-mindedness to make decisions that will benefit the environment and for them to make best choices, to drive and pollute less, to walk more, to appreciate nature, and to live simply, especially in the context that people have taken for granted the miraculous creations in nature – the water, food, and security – and that if nothing is done to preserve these and care for the environment soon, it might be too late.

For the economy, the prayer sought that businessmen to continually be keen in knowing the best practices and shun from unscrupulous ones and sought that businessmen be innovative and truthful, rejoicing in the Lord’s gifts and not hoarding goods.

The Easter Sunrise program is part of the Summer Vacation activities in Baguio.


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