KAMPUNG PANDAN:– The annual feast day of the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Health saw a Healing Mass been celebrated on Saturday morning, September 10, 2016. The chapel was packed to the brim and some were seated outside. Many had earlier on registered for the Anointing of the Sick. Those who came, some
looked sickly and a few were in wheeled chairs. Many came in faith and in hope in God for His blessing and healing grace.
Bishop of Penang, His Excellency Bishop Sebastian Francis presided the 10.30am Mass. Con-celebrants were Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Soter Fernandez, Msgr Daniel Lim, Fr Don Bosco and the Chapel’s Administrator Fr Edwin Peter. The Healing Mass was celebrated in English and Tamil. The sub-theme was “Sharing God’s Mercy To The Needy”.
Bishop Sebastian preached the homily.
At the Mass, the bishops and clergy present invited all those needed healing to come forward in orderly manner to be anointed with the Oil of the Sick.It is to be noted that the Oil of the Sick is pure olive oil—nothing being added except the blessing of the bishop. Its appropriateness as part of the outward sign of Anointing of the Sick is evident from the healing and strengthening effects which are characteristic of olive oil.
The essence of the sacrament lies in the actual anointing and the short prayer which accompanies the anointing.
In giving the sacrament, the priest or bishop anoints the sick person on the forehead and hands. During this anointing, the priest says: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
There were fellowship, after the Mass and anointing. Held in the Chapel’s ground.