- Pray for your country, Nigeria in these trying times
Welcome to the month of October, the tenth month of the year which ushers us to the beginning of the fourth quarter. The month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen and Patroness of Nigeria. During this month, the Church invites us to rededicate ourselves to the maternal patronage of our Mother through the praying of the Holy Rosary as part of our October Devotion. All the faithfuls are therefore expected to participate, both at the Parish and family level, in the activities of October Devotion. Anyone who prays the Rosary every day with faith and a deep sense of devotion in contrast to mere mechanical and superficial recitation stands to receive divine favour and protection.
Also, in this month, we celebrate the 63rd Independence Anniversary of our beloved country. Let us seize the opportunity that the month of October offers, to pray for our country, Nigeria in these trying times; for economic stability, the triumph of justice, peace, reconciliation, progress and good governance. In doing so, we shall receive spiritual enrichment from Our Lady’s maternal intercession. May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us. Other feast days and memorials in this month are: The Guardian Angels (October 2), St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), St. Ignatius of Antioch (October 17), St. Luke (October 18), Ss. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues and Companions (October 19), and Ss. Simon and Jude (October 28). • Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins is the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos.