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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 17th 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 our trust in Jesus, trust that is at the heart of all miracles in recorded Sacred Scripture. “We trust in the power of the Lord our God to heal us in body and spirit,” the Bishop said. “Like the centurion in the Gospel, we know we are unworthy to receive the Lord’s abundant blessing. We understand that they are pure gifts from a God who longs to embrace us in infinite love and mercy.”

Bishop Burbidge 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 presence of Jesus in His most precious Body and sacred Blood,” the Bishop said.