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Pope celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis on Thursday, 2 Feb 2017, celebrated Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St Peter’s Basilica here. Members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and of Societies of Apostolic Life participated in the Liturgy.

The Mass also commemorates the World Day for Consecrated Life. On this day, the Church celebrates and prays for those who have consecrated their lives to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. The World Day for Consecrated Life was established in 1997 by Pope John Paul II; 2017 marks the twenty-first annual observance of the Day.

The liturgical feast chosen for the commemoration celebrates the presentation of the newborn Jesus in the Temple by Joseph and Mary forty days after His birth, in accordance with the law of the Old Testament. The feast is also known as “Candlemas” on account of the blessing of candles and the procession that takes place at the beginning of the Mass.

The candles blessed during the Liturgy thus symbolise both Christ, who is the Light of the World; and the lives of consecrated women and men who are called to reflect the light of Christ for all peoples.

In his homily, Pope Francis spoke of the “hymn of hope” pronounced by Simeon and Anna when they saw the Saviour appearing in the Temple. We, too, the Pope said, “have inherited this hymn of hope from our elders… We would do well to take up the dreams of our elders, so that we can prophesy in our day, and once more encounter what originally set our hearts on fire.”

But he also warned of a “temptation” that can make the consecrated life barren: the temptation of “survival,” which urges us to protect ourselves at the expense of our dreams. “The temptation of survival,” Pope Francis said, “makes us forget grace.”

The Holy Father reminded consecrated women and men, that they are called to put themselves “with Jesus in the midst of His people.”

Pope Francis concluded his homily with the exhortation: “Let us accompany Jesus as He goes forth to meet His people, to be in the midst of His people.”

This year’s celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life has a particular significance, being devoted to thanksgiving and prayer for the gift of vocations, especially in view of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which will be dedicated to the theme: “Youth, faith and vocational discernment.” The Synod is expected to meet in October 2018. – vatican radio

KK Archdiocese celebrates Consecrated Life Day quietly

A section of the group photo taken after Mass, 2 Feb 2017, Carmelite Chapel KK.

KOTA KINABALU – Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL)  quietly on 2 Feb 2017, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, at the Carmelite Chapel here.

The annual observance was organised by the Council of Religious headed by Pauline Sister Christine Henry Sundin.

Archbishop John Wong presided over the Mass which was concelebrated with Korean Father Leo Choi.  Due to the inclement weather, there was only a simple blessing of candles with a solemn entry at the entrance rite.

Around 100  faithful turned up for the celebration including around 70 men and women religious, members of secular orders, seminarians and some lay people.

In his homily, and later in his impromptu address to the religious after Mass, the prelate touched on the event as an encounter with the Lord, which he hoped they had prepared themselves well through the preceding triduum of prayer.  He also assured them of his prayers.

He then reminded them that this event is an outflow of the liturgical celebration – Presentation of the Lord – the faithfulness of the Lord in coming to meet his people in the temple.

The renewal of consecration by the religious present took place after the homily.  The prelate accepted it and gave his blessing.

After the Mass, all the religious adjourned to the Daughters of St Paul convent below Carmel Hill for their fellowship.

In the archdiocese, there are currently three men religious institutes (La Salle Brothers, Gabrielite Brothers, Marist Brothers) and four women congregations (Carmelite Nuns, Daughters of St Paul, Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, and the Religious of the Good Shepherd).  The three secular institutes are the Carmelite Seculars, Franciscan Seculars, and Our Lady of the Annunciation.

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