Sunday, 1 November 2009

Mass with the Sick

We celebrated a Mass with the Anointing of the Sick yesterday. We used to have these once a year, but the two parishes Liturgy Groups decided to increase it to twice a year, maybe in the two months of Our Lady, May and October. St Brigid and St Paul would do one and Christ the King do the other.
So this time it was held in St Brigid's, and was a moving occasion as always. A little group had planned the liturgy and printed an order of service. We repeated what we did last time it was held in St Brigid's, namely having intercessions while the Sacrament of the Sick is being administered, and then people being invited to mention out loud other people who are sick and not present.
At the end of the Mass I reminded the sick that they are very much at the centre of parish life, showing us the hidden face of Jesus, the suffering face of Jesus. I asked them to pray for the parish and especially, in this Year of the Priest, for the priests of our diocese and for Vocations.
After Mass we enjoyed a light lunch organized by our ever efficient St B & St P social group, and I was able to catch up with some of those whom we don't normally see.

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