CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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The spirit of service celebrated at Easter

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong described the gathering of priests around the bishop at the Chrism Mass as reminiscent of Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room for the Last Supper at the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral on April 5.

John Cardinal Tong Hon reminded the packed cathedral that on that day the Church remembers the entrusting of the Eucharist by Christ to the apostles and their successors, which is why the priests of the diocese gather with the bishop to renew the promises of their ordination and witness the blessing of the holy oils to be used throughout the year in the administration of the sacraments.

He described the oil of the sacramental life as spreading the fragrance of the blessings of God throughout the word and called on the priests of the diocese to give humble and joyful witness to that fragrance.

The bishop spoke of the importance of priests to the life of the Church and asked people to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, as it is a blessing bestowed by God.

He added that young people need good witness from priests in their lives, a witness that is both humble and attractive. He reminisced that he was blessed with such witness from the priests in Guangzhou when he was growing up.

Speaking at Rosary parish at the Mass of the Last Supper on the same day, Father Eamon Sheridan told the people that he came before them humbly and with great joy as their priest, as he prepared to wash the feet of parishioners as a sign of service in the manner that Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve.

As the gift of the Eucharist was celebrated he reminded the congregation that Christ gave us his most precious gift at a time of great crisis in his life. 

“It is a sign of his humanity,” he said. “We too become human by going through crisis. But of course the Eucharist is also the gift of his divinity. His own body and blood is the most intimate thing he could give.”

At the way of the cross on Good Friday, Pope Benedict XVI called misunderstandings, conflicts, concerns for the future of children, sickness and other problems, burdens that are the common experience of all people.

Speaking at the Colosseum in Rome on April 6, he said that the situation is made worse in today’s world by the threat of unemployment and other negative effects of the economic crisis.

He prayed that people may find in the cross of Christ the courage to continue with their struggles with hope and courage, as Jesus did in his walk to through life.

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