Libreville, 08 October, 2020 / 7:44 pm (ACI Africa).
The resumption of public worship in Catholic churches in Gabon slated to take place on Sunday, October 25 will be marked by the “Rite of Opening the Holy Door” in all Cathedrals in the Central African nation, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (CEG) have announced at the end of their Extraordinary Plenary Assembly.
In their collective statement dated Sunday, October 4 and shared with ACI Africa, CEG members explain the reason behind the October 25 event that will see the reopening of places of worship since March.
“After the closure of an operational church, even for a just cause, and for a long time, when ordained ministers and the faithful are available, it is appropriate to proceed to its reopening by a special rite, preceded by a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving,” the Bishops explain in their collective statement signed by CEG President, Bishop Mathieu Madega.
They have announced, “On Sunday 25 October 2020, Feast of the Dedication of Consecrated Churches, we, your Bishops, will celebrate the Passion of the Lord as a great penitential act in each of our Cathedrals with the ‘Rite of Opening the Holy Door.’”
The Bishops say that the objective of the Rite is “to implore God's mercy on our Nation and all its inhabitants.”