By Chikodili Onwuka
The remains of the late Miss Virginia Mary Okeke, were on Saturday, 30th November, 2019, laid to rest at her father’s compound, Isiakpu Village, Osikwu-Awgbu, Orumba North L.G.A. Anambra State. The late Miss Virginia Okeke who died on Tuesday, 15th October, 2019, after a brief illness, was an ardent member of the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
In his homily, the Vice Rector, Holy Family Spiritual Year Seminary, Okpuno, Rev Fr Alexander Okoli, stressed the importance of living a holy life, and being prepared, since no one knew their time of death. He said that if a time table were given at birth, it would have given people time to get prepared. So, if the time of death were known, death would never come suddenly.
He recalled how, in the days of rumours of an impending three days darkness, candles were sold at random, with people rushing to be able to give light.
‘In all, faith, hope and love are what will lead us christians through this heavenly race,’ he said, maintaining that death was inevitable for all men.
He called on the faithful to see the season of Advent as a season for preparation, both spiritual and physical, especially now that Christmas was approaching, to avoid being carried away by what he called vain glories.
He said that the deceased, Virginia Okeke, had carried her own Cross in life, even though she was not married, and had come to her end just like the parable of the ten virgins.
He described the deceased as a humble and hardworking lady, recalling the circumstances that led to her death.
Speaking at the burial Mass, the Parish Priest, St Theresa’s Parish, Awgbu, Rev Fr Emmanuel Udechukwu, stated that the late Virginia Okeke was created by God’s love, saying that every creature on earth had their own purpose to fulfill. He maintained that the late Virginia served God in her own little way when she was alive.
Fr Udechukwu described the deceased as a hard working lady, who put her job first before any other thing and condoled with the deceased’s family over the loss of their loved one, praying to God to grant her eternal rest in His kingdom.
Fr. Dr. PaulMary Chukwukebe thanked Fr. Dr. Linus Ibekwe, Rector, Holy Family Spiritual Year Seminary, in a special way, for his benevolence and kindness in assisting the bereaved family to bury their loved one; even as he also thanked the entire people, seminarians of the Holy Family Spiritual Year and Priests present.
The deceased elder brother, Mr. Silas Okeke, in his vote of thanks, appreciated those that gathered to mourn with them and prayed that they would find a helper and comforter at their own last hour.