" Often we remember the last words of advice of our parents. They are so precious to us and we remember those words to guide our lives. It was on the eve of the death of Jesus, He gathers together the disciples for the Last Supper. It was at this moment, Jesus has His last precious words to the disciples, words of love and words of servanthood. It was at this moment He established the sacrament of the Eucharist and invited the disciples and all of us, saying, " do this in memory of me ". Jesus gave Himself to us in the Body and Blood." said Bishop Maxwell preaching at the solemn Vespers Service held on the eve of the Sick Day at Tewatta Basilica, on 24th August 2013.
Bishop Maxwell further said, " Our whole Christian life is centered on the Holy Eucharist, each time we partake in the Holy Mass, we receive Holy Communion. Just like the food that we take nourishes our lives, it is Holy Communion, which sustains and strengthens our spiritual lives. Jesus said,'cut off from me, you can do nothing'. Without Holy Communion, there is no life in us.Holy Communion must change and challenge our life. We must live our lives, as if we have been noursihed and sustained by the precious Body and Blood of Christ. Someone came to see me today and told me that there is a patient seriously sick at the General Hospital Colombo, if you can send a priest with Holy Communion. Even at the last moment of our life, we long to receive Holy Communion."
Rosary was recited at the old Grotto area and after the litany to Our Lady of Lanka, the candle light procession proceeded to the Basilica. Solemn Vespers Service was started thereafter. His Lordship Bishop Maxwell Silva, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, presided at the Vespers Service together with the Episcopal Vicars, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Perera and Very Rev. Fr. Shanthikumar Weliwita. Archbishop Emertius Nicholas Marcus Fernando and Archbishop Emertius Oswald Gomis, several priests and the religious participated at the Vespers Service.
Solemn blessing of the sick will take place on Sunday at 2.00 pm at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatta, Ragama.