Catholics who embarked on a Rosary Procession from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Rumuolumeni to Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Rumuepirikom, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, were reminded that the Holy Rosary is the compendium of the whole Gospel and a spiritual sword.
The Assistant Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rev. Fr. Pius Aanaa who addressed the pilgrims stressed that the Rosary focused on the events of Jesus’ life; the incarnation, redemption and promise of eternal life and on the Blessed Virgin Mary’s participation in the mystery of Christ.
He maintained that praying the Rosary helps re-orientate Christians to Christ, helps in making sincere steps towards making God a greater priority in their lives. In praying the Rosary, hidden depths are revealed. Praying the Rosary daily makes their day more peaceful. It destroys vice, decreases sin and defeats heresies.
Fr. Aanaa observed that praying the Rosary doesn’t wipe out suffering but give a much stronger weapon to battle it.
“When you place your heart into the hands of Mary through the Rosary, you begin to understand how eminently practical, simple and full of solutions she is. She loves us so much with the tenderness of a perfect mother”, he said.
He encouraged parents to teach their children how to pray the Rosary at home and as family and reiterated that the Rosary is the sword of the spirit. “The Rosary is a path in which the mystery of Christ is presented again and again at different levels of the Christian experience”.
The speaker observed that the concluding prayer of the Rosary where they ask God to grant that meditating upon the mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Mary Virgin, they may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise is a pointer to the fact that meditating on the mysteries is a major focus of praying the Rosary.
The Chief celebrant and Diocesan Chaplain to Marian Societies, Very Rev. Msgr. Barinem –Levy Boniko, enjoined Christ’s faithful to seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for peace to reign in Nigeria.
He recalled that Nigeria was faced with awful situation which include lack of food, power supply, social vices, kidnapping, stealing, killing and corruption. “We have gathered to table our problems to our mother and to seek her intercession”.
Msgr. Boniko appreciated the host parishes, especially Rev. Fr. Polycarp Henetu and Rev. Fr. Raphael Kpeden, Priests/Religious, Knights and their ladies, CMO, CWO, CYON and all Marian devotees for coming in their numbers.
Earlier at the Holy Mass held at St. John the Baptist, Rumuolumeni, the Chaplain of Seat of Wisdom Chaplaincy, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwosu reminded Christians that the Holy Rosary is a spiritual catapult that should be used to shoot Satan in order to destroy his antics around them.
He urged Christians to always seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary at their moment of trials and frowned at Christians that pray “die by fire”. “The battle belongs to God. Pray your Rosary every day. Jesus has never rejected any request the mother made of Him. Her powerful intercession is sustaining the Church”, he noted.