Catholic faithfuls in Lagos State on Saturday, May 27th, marked the 100 years anniversary of the Fatimah apparition with a march from the National Stadium, Surulere, to St Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos.
Defying the hot weather, the Catholic faithfuls were delighted in witnessing the centenary occasion; rendering delightful songs and reading from the Catholic hymn book and bulletin as they marched along Ikorodu expressway.
Reason for the march
Speaking on the reason behind the march, Reverend Father Emmanuel Agboroh told Concise News that the event was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima in Portugal in 1917.
“The Blessed Mother is absolutely important in Catholic faith. Therefore, we do this long procession to celebrate that first time that God sent the blessed virgin to land in the country of Fatima,” he stated.
Significance of the event
Another priest, Rev. Fr. Matthew Ogunyase said apart from the sacrifice made by the blessed virgin in Portugal which brought peace, the walk is to ask the Holy Mary to intercede for Nigerians in Diaspora.
“The significance of today’s event is the fact that 100 years ago our Lady, our Mother Mary appeared to three little children in Portugal, precisely Fatima.
“In commemoration of that event, she asked that we make sacrifices for the world so that the world can experience peace; there can be peace in our homes, peace in country, peace in our nation.
“So, all of us as Catholics are making that sacrifice to walk for Mary, so that she can intercede for us and we can have peace,” he told Concise News.
Rev. Fr. Ogunyase added that the Catholic faithfuls alive are privileged to witness the historic event.
“We were not there 100 years ago, but to God be the Glory, we are alive to celebrate 100 years. This is not a joke, And so we are grateful to God,” he said.
The procession which began at the National Stadium Surulere ended the Mariane Shrine at St. Agnes Catholic Church Maryland, Lagos.
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