Archbishop anoints sick, prays for healing over congregation at cathedral (PHOTOS)

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron anoints a woman during a special healing Mass on Feb. 5 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. The archbishop celebrates the Mass each year near the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. (Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated Mass and presided over the anointing of the sick for several members of the congregation Feb. 5 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, assisted by members of the Order of Malta.

The annual Mass, celebrated near the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, is a powerful reminder of God's healing presence, the archbishop said.

"Let us give thanks to God that through this sacrament, all who suffer can be united to Christ's Passion, forgiven of their sins, and strengthened to face their difficulties," the archbishop said.

Archbishop Vigneron has spoken in the past of his devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, whom he credited for shepherding the Archdiocese of Detroit through the darkest days of the pandemic. He has pledged to build her a shrine on the grounds of the cathedral.

(Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)


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