The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins has urged the people of God not to despair over the continuous closure of Churches in Lagos State. Rather, he wants them to accept the situation with the eyes of faith, seeing it as the Will of God for them at this time. “Whatever happens to us has the mark of God on it and we should recognize it as part of God’s providence. It is normal to feel disappointed and frustrated but we must never give in to discouragement rather we must remain calm and hopeful.” In his latest circular addressed to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Martins assured that the Church shall continue to celebrate Masses to be broadcast on Lumen Christi Television Network, while urging all to continue to participate from their homes.
While assuring them of God’s continuous blessings, he urged them not to lose their faith and trust in the Almighty, even as he drew a quote from Rom. 8:28: “Let us endeavor to keep the flame of our faith alive, drawing strength from the words of St. Paul that “all things work together unto good for those who love God” “We shall not relent in our prayers for God’s intervention in our fight against this virus since we believe that our sacrifices and efforts by the grace of God, would bring an end to the spread of this virus.” He urged them to call on God for an urgent solution to the pandemic, reminding them to always pray their Rosary. “The Rosary is like a weapon that you use when you are at war and its potency has been proved over the years. We are not sure of what we are battling against but we know that with God on our side, we shall overcome. Please pray the rosary every day for an end to the Coronavirus but also for the restoration of Public Mass and return to normal life.”