There is no “virtual annointing of the sick”, Bishop reminds faithful

Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo reminded the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila how during Chrism Mass, like Christ they are also anointed to bring good news.

“We, too, are anointed to bring the good news to the poor kaya ang ating Chrism Mass ay nagpapaalaala sa atin sa kahulugan ng ating pagiging anointed. We share in the Christness of Jesus,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“Nakkiisa tayo sa pagka-Kristo ni Hesus. Tayo rin ay nilangisan. Maging masigla at maging matapang sana tayo sa ating pagiging Kristiiyano,” he added.

Bishop Pabillo made the reflection in his homily for Chrism Mass held at the Manila Cathedral on March 31, 2021, at 7:30 am.

The Bishop also centered his reflection on being kings of the priests whose kingship is patterned in Christ.

“Tayong lahat ay mga pari. At tayong lahat ay mga hari. Our kingship is patterned after the kingship of Christ. We exercise our kingship by service. Maliwanag ang sinabi ni Hesus na ang dakila sa atin ay ang naglilingkod sa lahat,” the Bishop said.

He also expounded on how priests are prophets who are gifted with faith to give faith.

“Ang bawat isa din sa atin ay mga propeta. Ang propeta ay nagpapahayag ng salita ng Diyos. Hindi lang tayo tagatanggap ng mabuting balita. Tayo’y tagapaghatid din ng mensahe ng Diyos sa ating kapwa. We are gifted with faith in order to give the faith,” he said.

During Chrism Mass, the bishop blesses and consecrated the oils that is used for baptism, confirmation and anointing of the sick.

Bishop Pabillo also mentioned in his homily about a video on the virtual anointing of the sick that is proliferating on the internet. He stressed that the virtual anointing of the sick is a way of praying for the sick but not the sacrament of anointing the sick.

“There is no virtual sacrament of the anointing of the sick. Talagang kailangan na mapahiran ng langis ang may sakit ng pari with the proper prayers para magkaroon ng sakramento,” he said.

The Chrism Mass is one of the principal expressions of the fullness of the Bishop’s priesthood. During the Mass, all the priests in the Archdiocese of Manila gather at the Manila Cathedral as a sign of unity and brotherhood. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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