Zarqa: Church of Apostles marks World Day of the Sick

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Zarqa: Church of Apostles marks World Day of the Sick

Zarqa-en.abouna.org

The Church of Apostles in Northern Zarqa celebrated the World Day of the Sick in cooperation with Caritas Zarqa on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Marking the anniversary, Patriarch Fouad Twal celebrated Mass which was concelebrated by parish priest Fr. Iyad Bader and Fr. Khalid Gammoh in addition to parish priest of Sultana of Peace Church in New Zarqa Fr. Hani Jamil. Present at the Mass were nuns, a large number of the sick and the elderly.

Patriarch Twal pointed out in his homily that anointing the sick can be traced back to the time of Lord Jesus Christ which says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)

He added that on the World Day of the Sick every year, the Pope issues the message to the Church which addresses sickness and pain, as well as the importance of caring for the sick as this is the gist of the message of Lord Jesus Christ. He went on to say that it is a major duty of the priests towards the sick following the example of Christ who took care of the sick and the sinner, and gave them physical and spiritual healing.

He pointed out that “life is a gift from God and that we, as believers, must respect and sanctify this gift. A doctor or an institution has no right to terminate the life of the sick or the elderly since He who gave us life has the right to take it from us. He is the one who accepted the pain and crucifixion for us. On the Lenten season--the time of fasting, praying, repentance and charity--we must on these days keep on fasting and sharing the pain with the sufferers and the sick.’’

After the homily, Patriarch Twal anointed the sick. Later, the parishioners were invited to take breakfast during which gifts were presented to the sick and the elderly.

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:07
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