Tuesday, 10 November 2020 13:30

Mass offered for all departed religious men and women

Manila Apostolic Administrator, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo led the celebration of the Holy Mass for the Deceased Bishops, Priests, Religious Men & Women of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Manila Cathedral last November 8, 2020, Sunday.

According to Veritas News, Bishop Pabillo urges the faithful to remember and pray for the departed religious men and women who might have already been forgotten that they may be with Christ in heaven.

Bishop Pabillo said that bishops, priests, nuns, and religious men and women dedicate their lives to serve the Catholic Church and for the fulfillment of the mission to evangelize and to spread the Good News.

“We pray that all those our beloved dead in religion may reach the fulfillment of what they have struggled for, they have worked and they have committed themselves to the work of the church as we do now, many of them we don’t know but we are sure that the Lord has been in their lives, in the way of service during the years that they served as priests and as religious so we ask the Lord that they who have given their lives, their times and their concerns may be rewarded for their dedication…” says Bishop Pabillo during his homily.

The Bishop explained that praying for the departed is a concrete symbol of the unending fellowship of the Catholic faithful as children of God. This is a continuous challenge to Christians to be a model of honesty and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

“Our gathering is a sign that our fellowship in the Lord does not stop because they have died, that this fellowship continues that’s why we pray for them and we even ask for prayers and their fidelity inspire us that we also may be faithful up to the end. So our connectiveness with those who are gone ahead of us continues and at the same time our gathering together is also a push that we remain faithful up to the end as we are praying now for our beloved dead," the bishop added.

The Vatican has earlier announced the extension of the plenary indulgences for the whole month of November amid the pandemic. This year, the indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery on any day in November and devoutly prays for the faithful departed. The extension was to avoid large gatherings in public places.

A plenary indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment that remains as a consequence of sin after it has been forgiven. It is a grace granted by the Church, in the exercise of the power of the keys given to it by the Lord, and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and the saints. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)


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