Christians Urged to Pray For the Dead

. . As Late Virginia Muoka is Laid to Rest

By Michael-Jude Nwolisa

After a life well spent, the late Ezinne Virginia Anabudom Muoka who died on April 5, 2019, was on Friday, May 31, 2019 laid to rest in her compound after a Concelebrated Funeral Mass at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State.

The late Ezinne Muoka, fondly known as Young Umuagbala, was aged 82 before her death.

During her life on earth, the late Young Umuagbala was a professional teacher and profound motivator. She rendered meritorious service to the Anambra State Government in different schools across the state where she diligently developed her students in knowledge and in character. As a devout Catholic, the late Virginia Muoka served in different capacities in many organizations and societies in the Church, while maintaining peaceful relationships with others in her social life.

In his homily during the Mass, Rev. Fr. Boniface Obiekezie urged all to keep praying for the dead for eternal repose. He noted that no one was too young to die, for death did not discriminate against a particular age group. Fr. Obiekezie therefore advised Christians not to fear death, but rather prepare for it in truth and in spirit.

Delivering his vote of thanks, the Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu, Rev. Fr. Michael Onwukike, appreciated the chief celebrant of the mass, the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most. Rev. Jonas-Benson Okoye, for his love for Adazi-Nnukwu, noting that the Bishop always responded to their calls for help. He further prayed for GOD’s continual blessing and protection on the bishop, while appreciating other priests and lay faithful who made out time to mourn with the bereaved.

Speaking to Fides after the funeral mass, Bishop Jonas-Benson Okoye described the late Virginia Muoka as a hardworking and down-to-earth woman, describing the deceased as a humble and committed teacher.

In an interview, the second daughter of the deceased, Lady Evangeline Obi-Uchendu, spoke highly of her late mother as a noble and hardworking woman.

‘She was a councillor and a motivator. The enormous crowd that has gathered here to mourn her says it all. There is hardly anyone here who does not have a testimony on Young Umuagbala. She taught us that it is better to give than to receive. It was from her we learnt that to err is human but to forgive is divine. Her last wish was that we forgive all who offended us,’ Lady Obi-Uchendu noted.

She finally prayed for her eternal repose through the intercession of the Blessed Mother Mary.

Testimonies of a life well spent were heard from other family members, friends and well-wishers.

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