Ibadan, 28 June, 2022 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province (IEP) have directed that “special prayers” be offered on July 5 in commemoration of those affected by the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholic worshippers killed and more than 80 injured.
In a Monday, June 27 statement shared with ACI Africa, the Catholic Bishops invite “all and sundry, especially Catholic Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful to a prayer commemoration of the tragic event and of the departed souls.”
“We direct that special prayers and fasting be observed exactly a month after the occurrence on Tuesday July 5, 2022,” Catholic Bishops shepherding the people of God in the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan and the Dioceses of Ekiti, Ilorin, Ondo, Osogbo, and Oyo say.
They further highlight the program of the prayer initiative, directing that the prayer initiative be held in all Dioceses, beginning with “Bible Reading and Reflection (Romans 8:31-39), Rosary prayer, where possible in procession, the Prayer against Bribery and Corruption in Nigeria, the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress and conclusion with the Holy Mass or Adoration and Benediction.”
In their collective statement shared with ACI Africa, the Catholic Bishops in IEP direct, “The same programme, except for the fasting, is prescribed, to conclude the exercise on the following Sunday, July 10, 2022.The Bible reading for Sunday reflection: (2 Cor. 4: 7-11).”