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ST PETER’S GARRIKI ENUGU CELEBRATES 2017 EUCHARISTIC WEEK

ST PETER’S GARRIKI ENUGU CELEBRATES 2017 EUCHARISTIC WEEK

From 27th November – 2nd December 2017, St Peter’s Parish Garriki Enugu organized their annual Eucharistic Week. The theme for this year’s celebration was: ‘The Holy Eucharist: The Source of Life, Nourishment, and the Hope of Every Pilgrim Christian’, (cf.John 6:53),
The program was held each day in different zones in the parish. Daily activities begin with the Eucharistic procession from the parish centre to the zone, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament accompanied with praises and an Anthem capturing the theme and nature of the program, the Holy Mass, reflections on the topic of the day, spontaneous prayers and blessings.
On the first day, Monday 27th Nov. the Eucharistic encounter was held at St. Bartholomew Zone with the topic: ‘Work for the Food that the Son of Man Gives’ (John 6: 27) anchored by the guest priest, Fr. Victor Akpoke. In his reflection, he underscored ‘why every Christian should work or embrace the Holy Eucharistic’: a sacrament that reminds us the greatest sacrifice and the greatest gift our Lord Jesus Christ gave us: he gave himself for us as food through the Eucharist as the source of our everlasting life and the communion with the Almighty Father. Thus, we work for this great food, through confession or the sacrament of penance which gives us the sanctifying grace to partake worthily in its promises.
The second day was held at St. Jude Zone with the topic: The Effect of the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus anchored by Fr. Marcel Njeze, cmf. In his reflection he underscores the good and bad effects of blood in the old covenant noted in the Old Testament, namely the cry of the blood of Abel and its effects, and the sanctifying effects of the blood of spotless Lambs offered by the Israelites. In the New Testament Christ instituting the sacrament of Holy Eucharist told the disciples that His blood is ‘the blood of the new and eternal covenant that will be shed for many for the forgiveness of sins’. He emphasized the effects of the blood of Jesus subsumed in the Holy Eucharist as the source of our sanctification, redemption from sin, and curses, freedom from demonic manipulation, source of healing and breakthrough.
The third day program was held at St. Joseph Zone with the topic: He Gave Them Bread From Heaven, Containing Every Blessing, (The Spiritual Content of the Holy Eucharist) (cf. Wisdom 16: 20), anchored by Fr. Mathew Mmuo, cmf. Fr. Mmuo underlined the spiritual contents of the Eucharist as that which makes us: 1. Athanatos (Immortal) 2. The tabernacle of God and of the Holy Spirit. It is the hope of our resurrection on the last day.
Thee fourth day, the program was held at St. Anthony’s Zone with the theme: The Power of the Eucharist and the Cross, (Luke 22:19) anchored by Fr. Stephen Kalu Cmf. In his reflection, he underscored that our faith, hope, and power are all subsumed in the Eucharist: ‘The body given up for us’. Thus, such as the pelicans give their bodies for their young to eat/feed on so to be strong enough to live, is also Christ gave His body for us, as source of empowerment against demonic manipulations, temptations of sin, etc.
The fifth day which is the parish vigil held in the parish with the topic: The Healing effect of the Holy Eucharist, anchored by Fr. Ezenwa. Who shared many testimonies of the healing effects of the Holy Eucharist and summed it with prayers for healing, breakthrough etc.
Finally, the sixth day closing program was held at St. Benedict Zone, the topic is entitled: Lord to who shall we go; you have the message of eternal life anchored by Fr. Rowland Onyenali Cmf, who in his teaching/reflection showed the uncompromising nature of the teaching, reality and mystery of the Holy Eucharist as noted in John 6: 68, even when some Christians failed/decided not to accept and comprehend it as seen/done by those following Jesus, not to listen to his teachings, but for food, signs and wonders.
The program ended with a love feast. It was indeed a Spirit-filled event.

Written by Chima Kenneth