ASIA/CHINA – Beijing Cathedral reopens after 6 months: 101 catechumens receive the sacraments of Christian initiation

ASIA/CHINA – Beijing Cathedral reopens after 6 months: 101 catechumens receive the sacraments of Christian initiation

Monday, July 18, 2022

Beijing (Agenzia Fides) – The Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Beijing celebrates not only the reopening of the church after six months of closure due to anti-Covid government regulations, but also the sacraments of Christian initiation of 101 catechumens, mostly adults. Before dawn on July 16, the day of the reopening, the faithful, young and old, waited outside the door, rejoicing to be able to resume their spiritual, liturgical and pastoral activities in the presence of their dear community. The first stop, as always, was the prayer in front of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and finally in front of the altar to give thanks to the Lord for this moment. The cathedral complex, with the church, the courtyard and the sacristy was again filled with prayers, spiritual songs, smiles and even the “noise” of children. At five o’clock in the afternoon of July 16, the participants in the catechism class were baptized and received the other sacraments of Christian initiation, confirmation and first communion, from the hands of Archbishop Joseph Li Shan. from Beijing. Emotion and joy could be read on their faces and those of the community, but also on those of the catechists, priests, nuns and lay catechists who accompanied them on their journey of faith during the pandemic. Referring to Psalm 126 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying with them sheaves” (cf. 126, 6), Msgr. Li encouraged those present to keep this wonderful experience. “By baptism you are children of light, by confirmation you are sent by Christ”. And “baptism is not a simple ritual, but an interior conversion. Now live a life of authentic faith, put on a new spirit and a new identity, which is Christian… you will be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, incarnating Christ and bearing witness to our Lord through love and works”. The parish priest of the cathedral, Fr. Joseph Zhao, thanked all those who had followed the long journey of faith and asked everyone to continue to protect these “new seeds” of the community so that they can grow together in the Church on the path to synodality. With the reopening, the cathedral has resumed its normal liturgical and pastoral activities (NZ) (Agenzia Fides, 18/07/2022)


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