News : 17TH ANNUAL OKE-MARIA PILGRIMAGEPosted on: 2015-12-10
Source: Comms Dept, Oyo Diocese
Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of December were Days filled with thanksgiving to God, Spiritual refreshment as well as devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary among other activities.
The Annual Pilgrimage with the theme “Wake up the world” ( E ta gbogbo aye ji) was celebrated by the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel A. Badejo, the Priests, Religious and the lay Faithful from far and near showing forth gratitude and supplications to God Almighty .
The Spiritual exercise began from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Tede with the service of the Word of God coordinated by Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogundipe. The Scriptural reading was taken from the Gospel of Saint John Chapter 2 Verses 1-10. In his reflection, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ojediran urged the people of God to make use of the great gift of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the World most especially in this critical moment that the world lacks the wine of peace and that people should go through her to Jesus who is ready to provide the wine abundantly. The prayerful procession from the Church to the hill-top began soon after the service of the Word was concluded.
The spiritual activities carried out at the pilgrimage centre include: Praying of the Holy Rosary led by the Children of Mary and Joseph, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, Penitential service/healing service and the Eucharistic Celebration Presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo.
In his reflection on the theme “wake up the world”, Rev. Fr. Peter Akinola said waking up the world is only possible for people who are awake themselves. He urged the people of God to take conscious effort towards the progress of their neighbours. He laid emphases on the urgent need to wake up the world that is deeply asleep because that is the primary aim for which God created us.
The traditional ruler of Tede, Oba Abdulrauf Adebimpe and his entourage were in attendance to welcome the Bishop and all present to Tede town and to celebrate with them. Also in present were two Priests from Dasa Zume Diocese in the Republic of Benin, Rev. Frs. Alain Sabi and Cosmos Aroko who came with the members of their choir for prayers as well and song presentations during the liturgical celebration.
The Chief Shepherd of Oyo Diocese, Bishop E. A. Badejo encouraged everybody to get prepared for the forthcoming year of Mercy. He also requested that people should pray for peace in the world.
May God bless the Diocese, the Bishops, Priests Religious and the entire members of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo and may our Lady Immaculately conceived continue to intercede for us all. Amen.
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