After the nation survived a year of calamities and other challenges, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III appeals to all Filipinos to join the National Prayer day on January 20, which he had credited for the resiliency of disaster victims.
“Some of you have marveled at the resilience of our nation, people whose fate though challenged remain constant and only deepened,” Aquino said.
He told members of the diplomatic corps how Divine Providence has played a great role in lifting up the Filipino spirit despite the tragedies that befell the country.
“Our unbreakable spirit and ability to recover find root in our firm belief in a benevolent God who has the perfect plan for all of us. These tragedies tell us that despite all our efforts, we are indeed powerless without God,” he stressed.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the President will lead the nation in prayer in a simple program to be held in Malacañang Palace.
“The National Day of Prayer and Solidarity with the theme ‘One Nation in Prayer’ will be held as the Filipino people’s way of recognizing the power of the Almighty God who guides us in our journey towards a brighter future,” Coloma said.
Coloma also said that government officials and representatives from various sectors are expected to join the prayer assembly next week.
Incidentally, the event will happen together with the 13th anniversary of EDSA II, which ousted former President Joseph Estrada and catapulted Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the presidency.
However, Coloma did not mention any reference to EDSA II when he explained why Malacañang made such declaration.
Meanwhile, updates about the upcoming national prayer day will be announced by the Palace in the coming days.