Nigeria: nationwide day of prayer and fasting
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 10 am to 12 noon, Catholic Women Religious in Nigeria held a nationwide day of prayer and fasting to uphold the sacredness of life. The event, a result of a recent AFJN advocacy workshop for the Nigerian Conference of Major Superiors of Women, is the first ever nationwide gathering organized by women religious in Nigeria in the public square. Members of Catholic Women Organization, other Christians and Muslims joined the sisters in the public square to prayer and call attention of the government to the widespread senseless bloodshed, kidnappings, human trafficking, violence and mistrust between communities that threaten the very fabric of communal life.
A sister writes:
“Good afternoon my dear sisters and wishing you spirit filled season of Lent. Awka and Onitsha areas have concluded the prayer as directed. The sisters started arriving at about 9amat St Matthew’s Catholic Church Amawbia.
At 10am the Provincial Councillor Little Sr Ngozi Collet address us and we started the full Rosary there about Congregations, individual sisters and Areas were given responsibilities to lead the Rosary with songs at the end of each decade and concluded it with short prayers and songs. The intercessory prayers were made for the church and her leaders, the leaders of our country, against kidnappings and incessant shedding of blood, for justice and equity in the sharing of the nation’s resources and appointment, for Unity and peace.for families affected by the kidnappings and those displaced,for conversion of those engaged in crime, for submission to the rule of law, for favourable environment for the citizens,for our youth and and lastly for the dead
There was video coverage of the event.
ABS came in to inquire the aim for our gathering as they arrived at St Matthew’s from St Patrick’s Cathedral where they went to cover the Ash Wed ceremony.
FIDES also was present and did the coverage but they were all instructed not to air the event
Gratitude to the Most Rev P Paulinus C Ezeokafor who made sure we got an adequate venue for the prayer and instructed the parish priest Rev Fr Valentine Oformata to supply all that is required for a successful prayer session which he did.
The bishop at the end supplied us with water to cool off. Some sisters joined the 12noon Mass at the end of the session
It was smooth, spirit filled. Some lay people joined us especially the CWO,and CCM .”