Our Lady of Lourdes

The Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11. This feast commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous on the 11 of February, 1858.mary 1 That apparition in Lourdes, a village in France, began a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Beerndette. Messages were given to her for the world. Today (11 February), the whole Church celebrates Mary, the mother of God. We give glory to God for the gift of Mary and continuously ask for her intercessions.

The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Orile, Lagos, Nigeria specially celebrates this feast. It all began with the Holy Mass con-celebrated by the Priests working in the Parish and the Parishioners.mary 3 The social aspect of the celebration kicked off after the Holy Mass at the multi-purpose hall of the Church. The people sang and danced to the glory of God, the celebration had a touch of the rich heritage of the African culture.mary 4 It was a family feast as they all had something to eat and drink.

We continue to thank God for his love and mercies, we also continue to call on Our Lady of Lourdes to continue to pray for us sinners.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

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