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Filipinos gather at St Vincent de Paul church to pray for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

A churchwarden collects the donations for Typhoon Haiyan victims as more than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO X
A churchwarden collects the donations for Typhoon Haiyan victims as more than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The church choir leads during a prayer and worship session as more than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
The church choir leads during a prayer and worship session as more than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A friend gives Ms Jaren D Loyola a hug after her testimonial in church that recounts the ordeal of her family back in the Philippines was affected when the typhoon hit. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
A friend gives Ms Jaren D Loyola a hug after her testimonial in church that recounts the ordeal of her family back in the Philippines was affected when the typhoon hit. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Church goers react during the testimonial of Ms Jaren D Loyola whose family back in the Philippines was affected when the typhoon hit. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Church goers react during the testimonial of Ms Jaren D Loyola whose family back in the Philippines was affected when the typhoon hit. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos hold lit candles in solidarity as they gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos hold lit candles in solidarity as they gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos hold lit candles in solidarity as they gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos hold lit candles in solidarity as they gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

More than a thousand Filipinos gathered at St Vincent de Paul church this afternoon for a special mass organised by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram.

They lit candles in solidarity and observed a moment of silence. They also held hands and lifted their voices as they sang and prayed for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The message covered themes such as restoration and healing.

"Coming together to pray is important because prayer is a powerful tool," said Ms Marby Salgado, 29, a customer service officer, who experienced the typhoon while she returned to her hometown in Roxas, Capiz for a holiday last week.

Her friend Ms Jaren Loyola, 33, whose two-storey family home in Eastern Samar, was also destroyed, said their hearts go out to all the victims. "We will continue to pray for the Philippines," she said, encouraging survivors to hang on as help is on the way.