MANILA, Feb. 10, 2014— Catholic churches across the country will celebrate the 22nd World Day of the Sick on Tuesday, February 11, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.
In Manila, retired Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will lead Mass, which will include an anointing for the sick at 9am at the Espiritu Santo Parish Church in Sta. Cruz, Manila.
Preparations have been ongoing to accommodate an anticipated high turnout for the Mass and medical mission hosted by the Order of Malta and Radio Veritas from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Activities for the “Grand Healing Day” include free medical consultations and psycho-spiritual counseling.
After the Mass, a “healing session” will follow with Fr. Ferdinand Hernando, a known healing priest.
The World Day of the Sick is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes as a special time of prayer and sharing.
Blessed Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage the faithful to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers.
This year’s theme is Faith and Charity: “We too must give our lives for the brethren” and Pope Francis, in his message, turns his attention especially to the sick and those who provide them with care.
“The Church recognizes in you, the sick, a special presence of the suffering Christ. At the side – and indeed within – our suffering is the suffering of Christ; he bears its burden with us and he reveals its meaning,” part of the pope’s message read.
“When the Son of God mounted the cross, he destroyed the solitude of suffering and illuminated its darkness,” he also said. (CBCPNews)