From the Church of the Gesu’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) led the Filipino faithful in praying the Healing Rosary for the World last Wednesday evening, July 29.
Live-streamed via the Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM Facebook page, the chapel featuring the FIlipiniana image of the Blessed Virgin, hosted the weekly online gathering initiated by the Manila Cathedral since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
As the country prepared to entrust itself to the Ateneo patroness’ maternal protection, Fr. JR Orbeta SJ led the night’s solemn meditation on the Glorious mysteries.
Following the Gospel reading of Luke 24:36-48, Fr. Orbeta offered the mystery of The Resurrection for “the sick afflicted with COVID 19, that they may be brought to health and consoled by the care of Jesus.”
Reflecting on Acts 1:6-11 and the Lord’s Ascension, the Ateneo professional school’s chaplain remembered those on the frontlines of the pandemic.
“We offer this mystery for medical workers, hospital staff, security guards, leaders and servants in the church and government, may they be strengthened and inspired by the Holy Spirit in their selfless acts of service.”
For the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:14, Fr. Orbeta prayed for the intentions of “countries greatly affected by COVID 19, especially the Philippines. May the Lord rescue us from this disease and lead us to full recovery.”
Meditating on Our Lady’s Assumption in Luke 1:46-49, the values of charity and generosity were emphasized by Fr. Orbeta.
“May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire us in moments of crisis, and open our hearts in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the poor.”
Concluding with the Blessed Mother’s Coronation (Revelation 12:1), Fr. Orbeta recalled the faithful departed and the souls claimed by the coronavirus crisis.
“May our loving Father welcome them into His eternal home prepared for them. May Our Lady console their families, suffering from their loss at this moment.”
As the evening drew to a close with Jesuit Music Minstry’s (JMM) Rey Malipot singing of the Fr. Arnel Aquino SJ classic “Inay”, Fr. Orbeta shared his final blessing- inspired by the upcoming feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
“May God grant you safe passage on all your journeys ahead. May you find companions worthy of your dreams. May your plans always be bold and may your courage rise to meet them. May you live to bring the love of God to all corners of the earth, to the most distant peripheries of his church. May your passion always burn brightly that in God’s time you may set the world on fire.”