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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass for World Day of Prayer for the Sick

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh was the setting for the celebration of Mass commemorating the 19th Annual World Day of Prayer for the Sick. The Mass, held on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, was celebrated by The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge on February 11.

During the liturgy, the faithful pray for the sick. Individuals who are suffering with serious health problems, able to attend the liturgy, receive the “Anointing of the Sick.”

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the gathering as an occasion of “praise, prayer and promise.” This celebration, the Bishop said, was an opportunity to “praise the Lord for His abundant blessings...to pray for ourselves and for all those who are sick” and to rejoice in the promise of Jesus to the centurion in the day’s Gospel reading. When the centurion requested a cure for a paralyzed boy, Jesus told him, “It shall be done because you trusted.”

The Bishop also thanked and commended “all those in our Diocese who have dedicated their lives to taking care of the sick: physicians, nurses, hospice, health care and pastoral care workers and family members devoted to their loved ones. In a special way, I thank our Priests, Sisters and extraordinary ministers who bring our Eucharistic Lord to those in hospitals, nursing homes and to those who are homebound.

“You bring them the greatest miracle,” the Bishop said, “the presence of Jesus in His most precious Body and sacred Blood.”