Akbayan party chairperson Risa Hontiveros Baraquel leads the send-off of volunteers on Monday to Tacloban City for typhoon Yolanda's first-year commemoration. The volunteers served a year ago in Yolanda-affected areas.  (MNS photo)

Akbayan party chairperson Risa Hontiveros Baraquel leads the send-off of volunteers on Monday to Tacloban City for typhoon Yolanda’s first-year commemoration. The volunteers served a year ago in Yolanda-affected areas. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 7 (Mabuhay) — A senior Catholic Church official is seeking continued assistance for victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) even after activities marking the first anniversary of the calamity are over.

Cebu Archbishop and former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines head Archbishop Jose Palma said life still has meaning despite what happened.

“Despite what happened, life (still has) meaning. Sa kabila ng mga nangyari, life is still worth living and I think that’s what we are telling people. There’s time, magtulungan tayo,” Palma said.

But he also called for prayers for those who died in Yolanda’s wake, as well as for those whose livelihood were affected.

Yolanda left more than 6,000 dead in its wake after it devastated the Visayas and southern Luzon on Nov. 8 last year.

“Una magdadasal tayo sa mga namatay and we know there are many thousands. We also look back and pray for those who are left behind especially families who had lost loved ones, families whose houses were destroyed, families whose livelihood (was) affected,” Palma said.

Earlier, the CBCP declared Nov. 8, Saturday, as a National Day of Prayer marking the first anniversary of Yolanda.

On Saturday, a ringing of church bells at 6 p.m. will mark the first anniversary of the devastation brought by the super typhoon.

Following the ringing of church bells is the CBCP’s commemorative prayer, whose text reads as follows:

Most loving Father,

One year ago, the fury of Typhoon Yolanda made us experience darkness and the pain of losing everything; it made us understand the meaning of despair.

But in the midst of all these, You never have forsaken us.

In the most special way, You gifted us courage and strength to rise again.

In the most loving way, You shielded us with mercy and compassion.

And you accomplished miracles through those who came to our aid.

And as we remember that day today, we thank You for the gift of faith, hope and love.

We thank you for bringing us closer to you.

We thank you for letting us live another day.

Spare our nation from the wrath of nature, as we find ways to care for your Creation.

(Glory be). (MNS)