Oyo, 08 April, 2020 / 9:27 am (ACI Africa).
The call for divine intervention to heal the world including the people of God affected by COVID-19, a pandemic that has occasioned unprecedented restrictions, is a key highlight of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo’s Chrism Mass message for the Priests in his diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.
“We are compelled to ask God to heal our world, heal our land and heal his people so that we may return to the best of times in worship of Him,” Bishop Badejo states in his message shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, April 7.
Referencing the limitations occasioned by COVID-19, Bishop Badejo says, “It is a most unusual atmosphere in this Cathedral at the Chrism Mass this year which we are having to celebrate with a very small representative number of the people of God because of the Coronavirus pandemic.”
He added, “I feel that this day is like a birthday for priestly brotherhood which we wish to celebrate in defiance of COVID-19 and other diseases and problems, which assail us. We prefer to pray for healing for our sick world, country and peoples that God may visit us soon and restore us.”
“We pray for the authorities, for Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Care givers, donor priests and all others who are working hard to stop diseases and especially coronavirus,” the Nigerian Prelate said and added, “May God strengthen them and make them successful in their work.”