Myanmar bishop urges faithful to offer nightly prayers for country

Catholic faithful light candles and pray in the Diocese of Pathein. (RVA News photo)

A Catholic bishop in Myanmar has been leading the faithful in offering nightly prayers for the country starting this week.

“I especially urge you to recite rosaries and say night prayers, including singing hymns in every house at eight o'clock for our country," said Bishop John Hsane Hgyi of the Diocese of Pathein.

The prelate urged the faithful to also pray a "novena" for the Feast of the Holy Spirit that will fall on May 23.

“It is good that the bishop is asking to pray for Myanmar," said Nant Rosaline Khaing, a parishioner in Pathein.

She said the faithful "should try and observe it because it is a very important time to pray for the country,” she added.

“We need to pray for those who are protesting, the departed souls, the detainees, and the people who are persecuted," said Nant Angela, another parishioner.

She said everyone should pray for "true federal democracy" and for the end to the coronavirus pandemic in the country. - Raymond Kyaw Aung/RVA News