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Saturday, 16 January 2016 10:22

To Worship God and to Serve All

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(Part 4 in a series)

After the Rite of Ordination, Father Harry is led to a place among the other concelebrants and the Holy Mass continues as usual.However, nothing seems 'as usual' in Mendi,

because all is touched by the colour, beauty and reverence of the local cultures of the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces.  The procession with the gifts and offerings of the people is a good example.  People in their traditional attire bring forth the gifts of bread and wine for the celebration of the Holy Mass and other offerings for the care of the poor and needy.  Many of these offerings would not often be seen in first world celebrations: vegetables and greens of all sorts, sweet potatos, almost 20 live chickens and one enormous roasted pig!

Father Harry takes part in the Eucharistic Prayer as he never has before.  (Tomorrow he will celebrate his first Holy Mass.)  He has helped with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist as a deacon, but today he will give Holy Communion to his family and to other faithful for the first time as a priest.

At the end of the Holy Mass, the bishop asked Father Harry to bless him and then to join him in blessing the assembly of the faithful.  Before beginning the Recessional procession, the priests and ministers all gather for a group photo.  Father Harry returns to greet the hundreds of well-wishers who ask for his blessing.

Father Harry will serve as parochial vicar at Christ the King Parish in Kuare, SHP, under the fraternal supervsion of Father Robert Ablewicz, MSF.  Please pray for Father Harry and all men and women who serve in the varied ministries in the Church.

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