Catholic Bishops Called Prayers for Families
By Beatrice Earland
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN has tasked families in the country to intensify their prayers as Nigeria is going through difficult moments and that only prayers can bring about the desired change.
The special prayers, according to the CBCN the prayers should be observe for the period of six months, beginning from the month of October to April and will include the Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration as well as the prayer against bribery and corruption and for Nigerians in distress.
This is contained in a Communiqué jointly signed by the CBCN President Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama and Archbishop of Jos and Most Reverend William AVENYA, Bishop of Gboko, CBCN Secretary.
The Bishops outlined the prayers to include Family Rosary which will be said every Saturday evening, Rosary and one hour Eucharistic Adoration in Parishes between 3pm and 6pm adding that the Family Rosary and the Eucharistic Adoration should always end with either the Prayer against Bribery and Corruption or the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress.
The Conference is calling on Christians repent as the kingdom of Good is at hand. “We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria re-echo in our hearts the very first words of Jesus as he began his public ministry: ‘Repent for the kingdom of God is near’ (Mathew 3:2) we therefore invite all Christian faithful and citizens of this country to a true conversion of
heart(Deut. 2:16-17; Micah 3).”
“May our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy continue to intercede for us to attain true conversion of heart and thus continue to grow in wisdom and insight which come from Christ Jesus the Lord.” As Christians we rely on God to make our efforts towards the emergence
of a new Nigeria bear the desired fruit.
“At very difficult moments of our history, we, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, have called on all to pray. We, therefore feel the need to renew our call to prayer. In addition to the prayers already being said for the Nation, we ask individuals, families and Parishes to intensify their prayer for a period of six months, beginning from the month of October to April” the statement read.