It was a day of learning and prayer when the heart of the Lamb Intercessors held its third prayer conference last June 17, 2017, Saturday, at the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish.
With the theme “Communion in the Heart of the Lamb,” some 250 members and guests attended the conference including a contingent of HOLI from its Singapore chapter.
The conference begun with the Holy Mass presided by Fr. William Ramos, Spiritual Director of HOLI, concelebrated by Fr. Rodel Paulino, former HOLI Spiritual Director.
In her welcome remarks, Sr. Cristina Guevara, Foundress of HOLI, called on the participants to strengthen and deepen their faith and love for God through prayer.
The speakers of the conferences invited the participants to experience communion with the Lord in three significant ways.
Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D. Bishop of Pasig, spoke on Communion with the Eucharist as a means of gathering people together, telling stories to one another, nurturing and sharing with each other and fulfilling its mission.
The second speaker, Rev. Fr. Ulrich B. Gacayan of the Congregation of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus or RCJ (from the Oasis of Prayer, Silang, Cavite), expounded on Communion in the Word of God as a means to seek and have the mind of Jesus Christ. He said that God’s Word should be every Christian’s center of life.
In discussing Communion in the Redemptive Mission of Intercession, the Most Rev. Jesse Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Paranaque, explained that Jesus continues to take, bless, break and give us Bread because of His great love for His people. He said that to be an Intercessor “as bread for others,” one must know how to pray, must be happy in the spirit of the Beatitudes and realize oneself as earthen vessel being used by God for a mission.
The HOLI conference was followed with an overnight retreat at the Canossa House of Spirituality in Tagaytay, with Sr. Cristina and Fr. Willie as speakers.
The theme of the retreat was “The Heart of the Lamb feeds, speaks, and suffers so that we can celebrate, evangelize, and intercede for others.”. This coincides with this year’s CBCP theme: Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities, with focus on the Word of God as source of one’s knowledge of God; on the Eucharist as channel of God’s grace that sustains one’s spirit; and on the Service to the Community as Intercessory prayers.