By J. Jala | 04:02 PM December 25, 2019
Typhoon Ursula did not stop Catholic faithfuls in Bohol province from attending the Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday, December 24.
In spite of the drizzle last night, Catholics flocked to attend the mass held in different churches in the province.
In Tagbilaran City, Bishop Abet Uy officiated the 10 p.m. Mass at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral.
In his homily, he told parishioners to pray as Ursula ravaged the Visayas region.
“Mga igsuon, sa kinabuhi matag karun ug unya adunay muabot nga bagyo. Pananglitan ang bagyo nga Ursula nga ming-abot nato karun nagdala og hangin ug ulan, naghatag og kalagot sa pipila ka mga lugar ug katawhan. Suwerte ta kay ang ato ginagmay lamang pero angay ta mag-ampo alang sa atong kaigsuonan nga Pilipinhon nga gihadla pa sa bagyong Ursula,” he said.
“Pero mga igsuon usahay adunay bagyo nga muabot kanato dili hangin ug ulan ang dala kun dili pagsulay ug problema nga makapaguol, makapahasul ug makasakit pag-ayo kanato. Unsa may kahulugan sa Pasko kung kita karun anaa sa taliwa sa bagyo? ” he added.
Churchgoers were amused to hear the “hugot lines” from Bishop Uy who started his homily by saying “Sana All”.
Some unforgettbale lines from Bishop Uy during his homily last night were:
“Jesus is the reason for the season.”
“Emmanuel, God is with us.”
“You are better and safe in the middle of the storm with God.”
Meanwhile, a power outage occured while the mass was ongoing.
However, the church personnel were quick to turn on the generator set which provided power to keep the mass going.
Police were outside the church securing the place.
In Jagna town, the centuries-old tradition of “Padagan sa Kometa” was witnessed by parishioners despite the inclement weather.