Ten pastors/priests/leaders will lead over a hundred Filipinos in Austria in an Ecumenical Prayer Meeting this coming Thursday, March 11, 2010, from 6:30-9:00 pm, at the Donau City Church Cellar, VIC, 1220 Vienna.

This will be one on the highlights of the campaign for Honest Orderly and Peaceful Election (HOPE) that was launched on November 30, 2009 by about twenty-five Filipino advocates.


Bro. Manny Sarmiento of the PINAS FIRST Movement in Austria, one of the organizers of the prayer meeting, said that HOPE advocates vow to closely coordinate monitor the May 2010 Philippine Electoral process and will continually strive to raise the level of Scripture literacy in the Filipino community.


„The prayer meeting itself aims to gather Pinoys in Austria and encourage their broadest participation in the entire May 2010 Philippine Election process. It also seeks to unite the Filipino Community over the need to pray collectively, to appreciate the power of prayer and the value of the Holy Scriptures and to treasure Christian and Catholic songs, culture and tradition. Moreover, it puts forward the need to recognize and support the call on the Philippine government thru petition to put an end to the political killings, harassment and intimidations. Furthermore, the prayer meeting shall be a means of enabling the Filipino community to experience bonding together and feel the love for one another and for our Motherland.“


Bro Ben Repol of KBA, the program facilitator,  another HOPE advocate, announced that the programme includes a presentation, biblical reading and exultation, reflections/call to action, community prayers and  community singing.

One of the Scriptures passages that will  be read and explained by Pastor Oscar Bathan(JIL,Austria) is: 2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek     my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.“  

"During the meeting, Father Mars Sahulga, SVD will lead the Ecumenical prayer for HOPE, God will be implored to “Help us, that this coming elections can, and should be, an event through which Your will is accomplished more fully in our land through our choice of leaders whom you want, and in the manner that you want them to be." 

Other Pastors, Priest and Leaders who will read the Scriptures and expound it are:Fr Julian Hotico of Leopoldau Parish Church, Pastor Mars Tare of Vienna Christian Fellowship Church, Pastor Richard Elorde of CIG, Bro Larry Castillo of CFC-FFL,  Bro Nonoy Silorio of Grace Church and Bro George Mortel. On the other hand the Community Singing will be led by the Followers of Good Shepherd (FGS) choir.

The program will end with Community Singing of Bayan Ko.###