November 28, 2017

Catholics in Lagos hold novena to Immaculate Conception


A picture taken on January 1, 2016 shows the nine-metre tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble, thought to be the biggest of its kind in Africa, unveiled in Abajah, southeastern Nigeria. Standing barefoot with arms outstretched, the “Jesus de Greatest” statue weighs in at 40 tonnes. More than 100 priests and hundreds of Catholic worshippers attended the nine-metre (30-foot) statue’s official unveiling in the village of Abajah in southeastern Nigeria. It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha, a local businessman who hired a Chinese company to carve it and placed it in the grounds of a 2000-capacity church that he built in 2012. / AFP

By Elizabeth Uwandu

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has concluded plans for the hosting of the 2017 Novena, which is nine days of prayers – in preparation for the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The event starts on Wednesday, November 29 to Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Archdiocesan Marian Shrine in Maryland.

Activities will include daily rosary prayers, sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick, stations of the cross, exposition of the blessed sacrament, benediction, daily masses and an all- night vigil.

The novena which is being hosted by the Archdiocesan Board of Church Wardens has as its theme “Rejoice, You Highly Favoured One” (Luke 1:28) and it will start at 4pm every day.

Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lago will lead Catholic faithful from Lagos and adjoining dioceses to participate in the novena which will be rounded- off on the feast day of The Immaculate Conception on Friday December 8, 2017 with procession and Holy Mass to be celebrated by His Grace,