President to lead National Day of Prayer

Manila, Philippines -- After the nation endured a year of calamities and other challenges, President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead a nation in prayer on January 20 for a “more progressive future,” Malacañang announced on January 12.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. encouraged the public to join the National Day of Prayer and Solidarity which will carry the theme “One Nation in Prayer.”

“On Monday, January 20, President Aquino will lead the nation in prayer in a simple program to be held in Malacañang,” Coloma said over state-run DZRB.

“The National Day of Prayer and Solidarity with the theme ‘One Nation in Prayer’ is going to be held in accordance with the Filipino people’s recognition of the guidance of Divine Providence in our forward movement towards a more progressive future,” he said.

Coloma said government officials and representatives from various sectors are also expected to join the prayer assembly next week. “The President appeals to all Filipinos to join the national day of prayer,” he added.

Coloma recalled that in last Friday’s New Year reception for the diplomatic community, the President cited the Filipinos’ strong faith in the Lord to rise above the challenges, including the devastation left by super-typhoon Yolanda.

“Some of you have marveled at the resilience of our nation, a people who’s fate though challenged remain constant and only deepened. 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,” the President said at the Vin D’ Honneur last Friday.

“These tragedies tell us that despite all our efforts, we are indeed powerless without God,” Aquino said.

More details about the upcoming national day of prayer will be announced by the Palace in the coming days.

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