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OCTOBER DEVOTION – In addition to daily recitation of the rosary by individuals and families, special liturgical provisions and Marian feasts in different months, the universal church has set apart the months of May and October for special devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Christ.

These devotions consist mainly of daily recitation of the Rosary by Christ faithful in their various places of worship, concluded with a benediction every evening.

The month of October is also called the month of the Rosary, being the month Mary is believed to have appeared to St. Dominic of Prussia a Carthusian Monk in 1206, taught and gave him the rosary as a mighty weapon to fight heretics, after explaining its efficacy. We are aware that at Nigeria’s Independence on October 1, 1960, Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops found it necessary to dedicate the country to Mary, as the Queen of Nigeria.

Over the centuries, the church has taught that a lot of graces accrue to those who are devoted to the Rosary. We believe in the intercession of Mary who merited that honour by virtue of her role in the salvific work of her son Jesus, the redeemer as she was all the time supportive of him. Through the devout recitation of the rosary, many favours have been granted to private individuals as well as many great triumphs, including victory in wars.

Because of the mission Mary received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mystery of Jesus Christ and there is no one who has followed the footsteps of the incarnate word more closely and with more merits than she. Therefore, meditation on the various mysteries of the rosary makes the rosary a summary of the gospel, of Christian life and a compendium of the liturgical year. That is why every pope has emphasized the efficacy of Mary’s intercession through the year.

It is rather unfortunate that this pious Catholic devotion, which draws the faithful closer to God, is suffering a lot of neglect these days. This is because many Catholics are indifferent to the gains accruable from it. Experience shows that the vast majority of adults, including parents, don’t seem to regard these devotions as important, especially the highly placed members of the society, who barely manage to make out time for Sunday Masses only. How do we expect the younger ones to attend such pious devotions when they never see their parents doing so?

We therefore call on all lukewarm Catholic to rethink their attitude to these devotions, which provide opportunities for us to grow through the communion of saints and avoidance of occasions of sin. Our families, communities, states and most especially our country Nigeria need the graces from October devotion. Nigerians need fervent prayers to surmount our myriads of challenges, which include: economic hardship, violent crimes, bad governance and many more.

Perhaps by all of us turning to God in prayer, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and taking this year’s October devotion seriously, our country and families will overcome the current socio-political and economic challenges.By Leader online

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