The Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Rev. Wilfred Anagbe, has suspended all pastoral actions at St. Peter’s Parish, Low-Level, in Makurdi, following a desecration of the Holy Eucharist and the looting of sacred vessels within the Church.
Rev. Fr. James Utav, the Diocesan Deputy Director of Conversation, confirmed the come on Tuesday, in a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
In step with him, the Bishop, whereas studying the decree sanctioning the suspension of pastoral actions, acknowledged the Parish would henceforth be closed from the occasion of Holy Mass and all other actions essentially based on Canon 1211.
“The suspension, which took construct on September 15, 2020 adopted two sacrilegious assaults on the Parish on 12 August and 13 September by yet-to-be known americans.
“The decree sanctioning the suspension states that the Parish would possibly be closed from occasion of the Holy Mass and all other pastoral actions essentially based on Canon 1211 with construct from as we teach time, 15 September, 2020 except further glimpse,” he explained.
He quoted the Bishop as revealing that the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the main Church constructing had been broken into, throughout the assaults.
“The sacred specie of the Most Holy Eucharist used to be desecrated and sacred vessels looted thereby defiling the Church.
“The closure is to enable us to adequately prepare for penance required by law in expose to restore the anguish this profanation has performed to the sacred physique of Christ.
“Pastoral actions shall resume finest after a proportional satisfaction is made almost about this sacrilege and we are also fully assured of a greater safety outfit and structure for the parish essentially based on canonical necessities.
“When that is executed, the general worshiping group of this Parish, amongst other issues, must develop a novena of reparation to be concluded with a ceremony of atonement essentially based on diocesan liturgical norms,” he further quoted the Bishop as announcing.
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