Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Photos from the Bishop's Mass Commemorating 2nd Anniversary of St. Damien's Canonization

St. Damien's Relic
Bishop Larry Silva celebrated a beautiful Mass today!  The Bishop looked very happy throughout the Mass.  He gave a wonderful homily on Saint Damien.
Gospel, Lk 11:37-41

37 He had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at table.

38 The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal.

39 But the Lord said to him, 'You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness.

40 Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too?

41 Instead, give alms from what you have and, look, everything will be clean for you.
Source

He spoke briefly on today's Gospel and he tied in with how Father Damien like Jesus, was not concerned so much with the washing on the outside but how the cleanliness on the inside was more important.  Unfortunately said Bishop Larry, that was one of the reasons Father Damien contracted leprosy.  He was not a dirty man; just not that fastidious.

His relic was exposed for us to venerate.  See above photo.  The object that looks like a rock in the middle is his right heel bone.


The bishop had two concelebrants...two priests from Poland who were on a pilgrimage with a group.





Easter was there too and I believe she took more photos. I will post the link if she does share them.

I've already told two friends that I would remember to pray for them in front of Saint Damien's relic on Saturday.  If you would like me to do that for you, just let me know.  

4 comments:

Anne said...

Yes Esther! Please pray for me in front of St. Damien's relic and if you can, I have a special intention for my godson Matthew-will you remember him please?

These pictures are wonderful! How blessed you are to have such a wonderful Bishop! Please send Easter my hello! My prayers and love to you both!

Esther G. said...

Oh, I certainly will pray for you and your godson Matthew, Anne. My pleasure.

Glad you enjoyed the photos. We really are blessed with Bishop Larry. I will give Easter your message next time I contact her or speak to her.

with much aloha!
Esther

Anna B. said...

Esther,
Pls pray for my daughter Auliya who is currently hospitalized at UCSF for porphyria attack.
Thank you

Esther G. said...

Anna, I will be praying for your daughter.