St Anne’s shrine to be made national shrine
17 August 2014
by Lucia Lai
During the Sacrament of Confirmation Mass of City Parish, Penang, on 27 July 2014, Bishop Sebastian disclosed to the parishioners that he planned to turn the Shrine of St Anne at Bukit Mertajam, Penang into a national shrine. This will be brought up to the Bishops’ Conference for deliberation and decision.
Bishop Sebastian felt that St Anne’s shrine deserved to be a national shrine since it is so popular and thousands of people from all over the country and out of the country visit it every year during the feast-day. These people also came from different backgrounds, including many non Catholics. The theme of Mary and her mother had brought the people together.
The 15 young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (City Parish), were asked by Bishop in his homily, what is the highest form of worship.
To him, he said, many will respond, it is Praise & Worship or Thanksgiving or Adoration or even silence. However, he said the highest form of worship is eating and drinking (the Body of Christ).
“Eating and drinking is not about words but about action.” he said. “Everything else – example, praise and worship, Mass – are in preparation to this eating and drinking. It is communion, it is when Jesus and you become one.”
“On your part, and also all of us, including the clergy and religious, the highest form of worship is to surrender yourself. Surrender first to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the Father. Secondly, surrender to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a consultant. The Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life. If there’s no Holy Spirit, there will be no Mass, no prayers, no sanctification. That is the role of the Holy Spirit – to give life.”
“The Holy Spirit also prepares the world for the second coming of Christ. The Holy Spirit prepares you for mission in the world. Surrender yourself to the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life for mission.”
He stated that on 19 October, which is World Mission Sunday, everyone in the Diocese will be sent out on mission. How to go about this mission will be notified to all parishes later.
He ended his homily by reminding the candidates that when they leave school and started working, they will, very much need the Holy Spirit in their lives. The Holy Spirit will be their guiding force in their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. He thanked all those who had journeyed with them, especially their parents.
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