“REPRESENT CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH TO THE WORLD,” BISHOP DAVID KAMAU EXHORTS THE CLERGY
The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Bishop David Kamau has prompted the priests to continue living their identity as priests who represent Christ and His Church in the world.
Bishop Kamau said this during the celebration of Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday held at the Holy Family Basilica. The Mass was attended by fourteen Deans, a representation of the 14 deaneries of the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
“I would like to remind you of your identity as Priests who represent Christ and His Church in the world. I recognize with immense gratitude of the service you render to Christians. Without you there wouldn’t be preaching of the word and administering of sacraments especially that of the Holy Eucharist. It is sad today when Christians cannot join us in Mass and they cannot partake in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist,” he said.
The empty pews of the cathedral were a sign of adherence to the restrictions put in place by the government, among them, closure of Churches, in order to regulate the transmissions of the Covid-19 virus in the ongoing pandemic.
His Eminence who was the main celebrant, blessed the Holy oils used in the Church among them, oil of catechumens, oil of anointing of the sick and the Holy Chrism oil.
Chrism Mass manifests the unity of Catholic faith in the sacraments and in charity. It is also a remembrance to the priests of the promises made during their ordination as they are called to renew their vows and promises
Bishop Kamau urged the priests to be available to Christians in their parishes and institutions and be faithful to their prayer life and in the inception of sacraments. “Spend time in adoration and commit yourselves to live the solemn promise of celibacy and obedience as you made on the day of your ordination. You shall find joy in ministry when united with Jesus in faith and love for He has consecrated you and sent you to bear fruits,” he concluded.