Archdiocese of Manila marks 26th World Day of the Sick

The Archdiocese of Manila marked the 26th World Day of the Sick last Saturday, February 10, 2018 in commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11.

A Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS of the Commission on Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila and Chaplain of the Order of Malta Philippines at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros, Manila at 9 a.m.

Aside from the Mass, the Archdiocese of Manila marked the celebration with the anointing of the sick and a medical mission.

With the theme from the message of Pope Francis for the 26th Anniversary of the World Day of the Sick 2018, “Behold, your son... Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27), Msgr. Lo said in his homily that the celebration encouraged the faithful to fulfill its mission of showing love, compassion, and care for the sick, including the aged, the disabled, and the dying.

The celebration of the Archdiocesan Mass for the sick was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila-Ministry on Health Care headed by Fr. Manuel Abogado III and the Philippine Association Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

In his message for the 26th World Day of the Sick 2018, Pope Francis entrusted to the tender love of Mary all those who are ill in body and spirit. He also asked the grace of the Blessed Mother to help the people as they serve their sick brothers and sisters.

“We ask her also to help us to be welcoming to our sick brothers and sisters.  The Church knows that she requires a special grace to live up to her evangelical task of serving the sick.  May our prayers to the Mother of God see us united in an incessant plea that every member of the Church may live with love the vocation to serve life and health.”  (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

Photo by Maricar Santos

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