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Ailing Harris sits to deliver Homily

By DARCEL CHOY Thursday, December 26 2013

ARCHBISHOP of Port-of-Spain Joseph Harris followed his doctors orders on Tuesday and delivered his Christmas Eve homily while sitting down.

Harris has been ill for the past month, as he underwent prostate surgery at the St Clair Medical Centre, Port-of-Spain in November. A month after, he suffered an infection and was readmitted to the hospital for treatment.

At the Sacred Heart Church off Richmond Street in Port-of-Spain, it was quite clear to parishoners that Harris was not feeling well.

Father Kenneth Assing stood near him at all times as he assisted the Archbishop in carrying on the Holy Mass. Assing also read the Gospel on behalf of Harris.

Before he began his homily, Harris asked parishoners to excuse him for sitting as he was not well.

He said he asked his doctors if he could conduct mass and they told him yes, but gave him strict instructions on what he could and could not do which was not to stand for too long and sit as often as he could.

During the Mass, many parioshioners were heard offering quiet prayers for Harris that he may be given the strength to carry on his ministry in the new year and beyond. In July 2011, Harris replaced Edward Gilbert as the Archbishop of Port-of-Spain. He is the first local Archbishop since Anthony Pantin who died at age 70 in 2000.

Following Pantinís death, Gilbert, an American born priest was ordained as Archbishop.

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