Sunday, 14 June 2020 18:04

Prayers of elderly not just important, but indispensable in the Church

Most Rev. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila has called on the elderly to become prayer intercessors during this time of pandemic.

In his Pastoral Instruction called “Our Eagerness to Serve” released on June 11, 2020, Bishop Pabillo stressed the importance of the service of prayer that the elderly can still do is not only important, but indispensable in the Church.

“Though still kept in your houses for the time being, please accompany the church activities with your prayers and spiritual, and even material, offerings. You be our prayer intercessors at this time of crisis,” the Bishop said.

The Bishop also commended the tireless effort of the lay faithful who continue to serve the parishes and the Archdiocese. But he reminded them to take the necessary precautions and follow the instructions given by the Department of Health so as not to be infected and to avoid the contamination.

He discouraged the elderly and the senior citizens from doing voluntary services in the church for safety reasons. He asked them to make it a sacrifice and assured them that it is only temporary.

“My dear elderly parish volunteers, even as we appreciate your willingness and good intention to serve, we are also concerned about your health and the health of your family,” he said.

“Please make this sacrifice, and I know for many it is a sacrifice, not to serve in the liturgical services until this pandemic is over. This is just temporary. The time will surely come when you may again be able to come and serve, which we hope and pray will be soon,” he added.

Bishop Pabillo asked the elderly to recruit young volunteers to take their place while the pandemic is not yet over.

“I would appeal to our elderly parish volunteers that if you truly love your parish, you will recruit one or two young volunteers to take your place in the church.

We need more volunteers now since there are new ministries to be created or strengthened because of our situation, such as the Health Ministry and the Social Communications Ministry,” he said.

Due to the present situation, more volunteers are needed who could assist the church to bring communion to the sick and to the elderly near their homes. They would also be needing volunteers who could facilitate the observance of proper physical distancing, and also those who will regularly sanitize the churches every after mass. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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