Notes of a Filipino priest

On the feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God, Father Roman Buniel and his assistants went to one of the remote parishes of the General Santos Deanery. They traveled all the way on motorcycles. The priest made a brief note about the memorable and sometimes dangerous journey: “Half a year of waiting is over and finally we are here to celebrate the Liturgy and help our brothers and sisters to partake of the Holy Mysteries of Christ, and then, together, celebrate the feast of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos. In Mindanao, it is a challenge to travel on a motorcycle for long distances (about 100 km) in places off-road. Our entire team was exhausted. We had to make stops to rest. But this is a pleasant way, because today I celebrated my name day together with those who have always supported me, even in such a difficult and risky situations.- I thank God for allowing me to be His servant, even though I am unworthy,- Thanks to my matushka, who did not talk about fatigue and was with me today,- Thanks to Deacon Matthew, Dimitri and Aria, who sacrificed a lot today to have traveled 200 km on a motorcycle to make sure that we returned home safe and sound. Thank you all! May the Lord bless everyone who devotes himself to service and embarks on such difficult journeys.”

We can only imagine that we spent this day together and prayerfully congratulate Father Roman from our hearts on Angel Day!