By Ronald O. Reyes

On Tuesday,  December 17, the Catholic church is Eastern visayas is leading the tradition of praying for the dead as culmination of 40 days of prayer and mourning for all who died in the November 8 super typhoon, killing 6,000 people already.

“ The number 40 is significant because it is believed that Christ stayed for 40 days after His resurrection before ascending into heaven,” Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesman of Palo Archdioce, told Manila Standard Today.

In Tacloban city, which was badly hit by the typhoon, a 10-kilometer candle lighting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting from the airport in San Jose area to Anibong district, all coastal villages in the city.

About 1,200 candles will be lighted to commemorate the event.

The church has also asked the public to light candles and offer prayers to all the typhoon victims.