A Prayer-Statement on the 1st State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Righteous and just God, in the course of the life of your people in our beloved country, you have allowed us to make choices, choices that would define the future of our country and these are influenced by the things that we see, hear, experience and learn around us.
In the past, we have not only seen and heard, but more so experienced first-hand the atrocities committed by our leaders especially during the Martial Law years under the Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. presidency. Because of this, your people painfully learned the lessons of oppression and tyranny leading us to decide to put an end to such leadership through your inspiration and power, peacefully wielded by your people through the People Power revolution.
Today, perhaps we have forgotten the lessons of the past, for if the recently- conducted elections were truly without fraud, we can say that we have chosen the son and namesake of the oppressive and tyrannical leader of our country’s Martial Law years to now lead us. Forgive us, dear God, for forgetting the precious lessons of the past, for not being able to enlighten and fully guard the hearts and minds of our sons and daughters and thereby allowing them to be exposed to lies and distortions of truth, leading them to choose again another Marcos who believes that the time of his father’s leadership, those years that we were under Martial Law, was a “Golden Age” of our country’s prosperity, a great lie perpetuated to distort and change the truth.
As we therefore now behold the 1st State of the Nation Address of Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., we fast as we prepare to hear the same old promises of a good future for your people uttered meaninglessly by those in power. We ask for courage to be able to continue to speak out the truth in behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves and, as the prophet Isaiah strongly reminds us, to fast by loosing the chains of injustice, untying the cords of the yoke and setting the oppressed free. Give us the courage to stand fast and never back down in guarding the truth for the sake of your people.
We pray that the true State of the Nation of our beloved country will be known by all and that falsehood be exposed. We pray that as our country faces a food crisis in the rising prices of basic commodities, an energy crisis in the rising cost of fuel, and health crisis as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, may we be able to truly find the right solutions to these concerning and dire situations.
We pray that amidst hardened hearts and fallacies on quick solutions to the country’s economic woes, our leaders may realize that what should come first is the concern for the welfare of the people and not of big businesses, food on the table and not red-tagging and false accusations, peace talks and not war against fellow citizens of our beloved country.
May those falsely accused be released from prison, food security of your hungry people be prioritized over military spending, and the precious history and victory of your people’s experience against oppression and tyranny be preserved and never tampered with. In all these, may your Kingdom come, your will be truly done on earth as it is in heaven.
O God of justice and love, we pray that you increase our commitment to strengthen our resolve as a Church to champion our prophetic tasks, heralding the Gospel of life and freedom, and be sustained in our journey with the people and accompany their aspirations for shalom. We pray in the name of our risen Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
THE UCCP COUNCIL OF BISHOPS
July 25, 2022
Bishop Melzar D. Labuntog
Bishop Joseph G. Agpaoa
North Luzon Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Francisco S. Aviso, Jr.
Middle Luzon Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Victor L. Paller
South Luzon Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Jerby S. Salor
East Visayas Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Feliciana P. Tenchavez
West Visayas Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Ligaya F. San Francisco
Northwest Mindanao Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Daniel R. Palicte
Southeast Mindanao Jurisdictional Area
Bishop Arturo R. Asi
Bishop Jerome C. Baris
Bishop Jezer E. Bertoldo
Bishop Isaias L. Bingtan
Bishop Erme R. Camba
Bishop Ebenezer C. Camino
Bishop Constante D. Claro
Bishop Gabriel A. Garol
Bishop Hilario M. Gomez, Jr.
Bishop Marino I. Inong
Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza
Bishop Roel P. Mendoza
Bishop Jaime R. Moriles
Bishop Emergencio D. Padillo
Bishop Eliezer M. Pascua
Bishop Dulce Pia-Rose
Bishop Elorde M. Sambat
Bishop Anacleto G. Serafica
Bishop Jessie S. Suarez
Bishop Rizalino Q. Taganas
Bishop Joel E. Tendero
Bishop Hamuel G. Tequis
Bishop Modesto D. Villasanta
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