Holy Mass celebrated marking Bishop Salim Sayegh diamond jubilee

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Holy Mass celebrated marking Bishop Salim Sayegh diamond jubilee

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

Marking the diamond jubilee of the ordination of Bishop Salim Sayegh, he celebrated solemn Mass on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Our Lady of Peace Center in the presence of bishops, priests, nuns and a large number of believers.

In his homily, Bishop Salim Sayegh thanked God for the grace of the priesthood over the past 60 year, noting that this period seems to be long yet it is a drop of water the sea of eternity. He thanked all those attending the Mass and mentioned all the priests who mark their jubilees this year.

He touched on two basic facets of the happy priest's life which is full of light, love and sacrifice, saying: "The first facet is that the ordained priest no longer owns himself, for Jesus Christ possesses him eternally, just as the case with the nuns. So the priest becomes another Christ who can transform bread and wine into the body and blood of Lord Jesus Christ. He can as well forgive sins, disseminates the message of Christ, and dedicate himself to this sacrament as Lord Jesus Christ did for the salvation of souls."

Stressing that the world today badly needs Lord Jesus Christ who satisfies all our needs, Bishop Sayegh said that the second facet of the life of the priest is to glorify the Lord and ensure the salvation of souls. He continued that Lord Jesus Christ called for praying tirelessly, as the grand saints also called for celebrating Mass on daily bases because this what Lord Jesus and Church called for since it is the basis for the salvation of the world.

He concluded his homily by saying that all people need to pray as the priests also need the prayers of the parishioners and their spiritual support. Hr also quoted a verse from the Holy Bible: “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” (1Coronthians 3:9) He also quoted another verse for the Holy Bible, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; and the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (Timothy 1:12-14). He also thanked Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, who overwhelmed him with Her Love, care, and grace all his life.

Bishop Salim Sayegh (born 15 March 1935 in Rumaimin, Jordan) is a former patriarchal vicar for Jordan in the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. He received on June 28, 1959 his ordination to priesthood and was named by Pope John Paul II in 1981 Titular Bishop of Aquae in Proconsulari and appointed Bishop to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

May the Lord Jesus bless Bishop Sayegh.

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 12:53
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