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“LET US GO WITH YOU, FOR WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU” (Zech 8:23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) ????Zech 8:20-23; Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:51-56. Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrates the Memorial of St Thérese of the Child Jesus. The universal Church celebrates this on October 1st but, because of our Independence Day celebration, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, the Church in Nigeria got the permission to move this celebration. This celebration has an interesting message for us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”...

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“ANGELS ON GUARD! KEEP OFF!”

⏰Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (02 October 2017) ????Exod 23:20-23; Ps 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11 (R.v.11); Matt 18:1-5, 10 Have you seen the above inscriptions before? Do you think that it is coined by over-religious people? Better have a rethink because there are indeed angels around you who keep watch over you to protect you. They are called the guardian angels. The term ‘angel’ comes from the Greek word, ‘angelos,’ which is a translation of the Hebrew word, “mal’ak” meaning “messengers.” So in the real sense, they are messengers of God who serve God’s purpose. In this light, they...

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“THERE SHALL COME FORTH A SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE, AND A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS” (Isa 11:1)

⏰Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria (01 October 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Eph 2:13-22; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 Happy Independence Day Nigeria! Again, many people might want to ask me, “What are we celebrating?” In the face of the recent happenings in the country, with the great tension and threats in the air, what is there to celebrate? And I will answer, “Hope!” A lot of people have lost hope in the country really and there are calls for secession here and there. A lot of lives have been lost and there are threats for...

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DAY 19: (September 26) QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

33 DAYS PREPARATORY PRAYER FOR THE RE-CONSECRATION OF NIGERIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. DAY 19 (September 26) QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY V. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful. R. And enkindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. R. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of...

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DAY 18 (September 25) MARY, OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

33 DAYS PREPARATORY PRAYER FOR THE RE-CONSECRATION OF NIGERIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. DAY 18 (September 25) MARY, OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP V. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful. R. And enkindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. R. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of...

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DAY 17 (September 24) MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM

33 DAYS PREPARATORY PRAYER FOR THE RE-CONSECRATION OF NIGERIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. DAY 17 (September 24) MARY, SEAT OF WISDOM V. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful. R. And enkindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. R. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful,...

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Jerome) ????Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it a...

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WE TOO ARE MESSENGERS AND SERVANTS OF GOD

⏰Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels (29 Sept. 2017) ????Dan 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rev 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 4-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 9:9-13 My dear, every kingdom normally has its messengers and servants that attend to the needs of the king and his household, and run errands for him. That is the role that the angels and archangels play in the kingdom of God. Remember the purpose for which Jesus came, “To bring good news to the poor…proclaim liberty to captives and sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord’s year of mercy” (Luke 4:18-19)....

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NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR THE LORD

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Sept. 2017) ????Haggai 1:1-8; Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Luke 9:7-9 After Ezra had settled the people in their land, things were so difficult for them and so, they put off the reconstruction of the temple first while they went on rebuilding their own homes. Some of the leaders who should have cautioned them instead supported them with the normal excuse, “God will understand.” It was at this time that God sent the prophet Haggai to the people. The major message Haggai gave the people was on the...

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent...

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