God, our loving Father, you sent your Son into the world to proclaim the Good News of Salvation to all: to sinners, the poor, oppressed, the sick, the abandoned and neglected. He gave his life on the Cross for us and rose again to new life to redeem us and reconcile us with you. You sent your Holy Spirit to the apostles to continue the work of your Son and to lead all to salvation. We thank you, Father for bringing us from darkness into light. Through your loving plan, 500 years ago, missionaries came to our land to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus your Son to our ancestors. That made us your people and the Church. The gift of faith has accompanied us through both darkness and lights, defeats and victories of our history as your people. Our faith has become for us true light that shines in the darkness. Renew in us the grace of your Spirit that impels us to be witnesses of Jesus your Son, to a world broken by greed, violence, injustice, sickness and suffering. May our faith bring us to unity as your children to care for and love one another. May the Holy Spirit empower us to be proclaimers of the Good News to our brothers and sisters in Asia and to all nations. Give us the sincere desire to help others to come to faith in the Lord Jesus , to share your joy and life. May the Blessed Mother, Star of Evangelization, accompany us and pray for us as we live and share our faith with others. May our strong love and devotion to her as our 'Mahal na Ina' form us to be true disciples and witness of Jesus to all, always ready to be sent and to be obedient to whatever Jesus asks of us. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.
500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MISSIO AD GENTES