By Amaka Olua
The entire Ekwulobia Catholic Community on Sunday, 24 November, came out en mass to demonstrate their faith and love to God as the supreme king of the universe. The parishes, comprising St Anthony’s Parish, St Mary’s Parish, Immaculate Heart Parish and St Joseph’s Pro Cathedral, all gathered at St Joseph’s Pro Cathedral to commemorate the kingship of God which was celebrated all over the world.
Speaking at the feast, the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye, thanked all the faithful for trooping out without shame to worship God, saying it was a proclamation of their faith. He said that the celebration of Christ the king was to tell the world that Christ was the king, pointing out that through the solemnity of Christ the King, many souls would be won. He recalled that a woman who asked for God’s favour at last year’s feast came to testify of God’s blessing upon her life.
Bishop Okoye maintained that the feast of Christ the king was a remarkable day in the life of the Church, noting that in 1925, Pope Pius the XI was prompted by the desire of the Mother Church to begin the practice of having a procession with the Blessed Sacrament.
The Bishop regretted that some people no longer believed in the work of God and that some countries were no longer allowed to preach the word of God. He said that rulers of the world ruled as if everything started with them and ended with them, describing God as the supreme ruler of the universe.
He prayed that through this procession, God would grant the heart desires of his children, both the people who were present and those at home who desired to be part of the procession but were not able to make it.
Speaking to Fides, the Episcopal Vicar, Rev Fr Ignatius Onwuatuegwu, noted that they were in a world where the youths believed there was no God, saying that many of them might be seeking for God’s blessings and failing to receive them, diverted to other means.
This was even as he thanked all the planning committees from different parishes for their efforts towards preparation of the Christ the King.
He also appreciated all who supported and contributed some food items to the faithful, as he prayed God to grant their heart desires through the feast of the Christ the King.
He maintained that sin against God’s holiness could be easily forgiven but not the sin against God’s sovereignty. He charged all to believe in the sovereignty of God whom he described as all-powerful.
For his part, the Parish Priest of Immaculate Heart, Rev Fr Norbert Aginam, said all Catholics in the world celebrated the feast of Christ the King which showed that God was the ruler of heaven and earth.
He expressed joy over the massive turn out of the faithful and charged them to be steadfast in their faith and trust in God and to believe that God would hear their prayers and grant their hearts’ desires according to his will.
Also speaking, the priest in residence at St. Joseph’s Parish, Ekwulobia, Rev Fr Anthony Ezeoke, stated that the solemnity of Christ the King had been celebrated by the Catholic Church all over world. He explained that Christ as the universal king, was the God of all human race. He added that the feast of Christ the King was an opportunity for all to present their problem to God, saying that God in the Blessed Sacrament always listened to their request.