Sunday, August 6, 2017

#BreakingNews UPDATE 11 Killed at Catholic Church in Nigeria by Gunmen - many Injured - Please PRAY

R Reports now indicated that 11 were killed and many injured by Gunmen Sunday morning They  invaded St. Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and opened fire on worshippers who had attended the morning mass.
 Earlier reports suggested many more killed; the injured are at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital(NAUTH), Nnewi.
The death toll is still might increase as some injured victims may die.

It was gathered that the gunmen had stormed the church in search of a drug baron after visiting his house, but were not lucky as their target had fled on getting wind of their presence.
The police are still investigating the matter. Text Edited from http://allafrica.com/stories/201708060162.html
Please see below the full text of the message from Pope Francis to the bishop of the diocese of Nnewi in Nigeria
The Right Reverend Hilary Paul Odili Okeke - Bishop of Nnewi
Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, His Holiness Pope Francis extends heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy. Upon the entire Diocese, His Holiness willingly invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.                                        Cardinal Pietro Parolin -     Secretary of State
Video source: https://www.naij.com/1118839-breaking-unknown-gunmen-attack-anambra-church-15-50-reported-dead-video.html
More: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/breaking-gunmen-attack-catholic-church-anambra-killing-15-wounding-21/
(Please note that the exact number of those killed is different according to different News agencies this post will be changed when the exact number is released)

Please PRAY for Christians in Nigeria as they are often persecuted for their Faith

#BreakingNews Many People Killed at Catholic Church in Nigeria by Gunmen - Please Pray


Boko Haram has targeted this village before:
(Excerpts from ALL AFRICA.com)  Gunmen Sunday morning invaded St. Philip's Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and opened fire on worshippers who had attended the morning mass.
THIS DAY gathered that about 47 (some news sources say 11) persons were killed in the attack, with several others wounded and are already being attended to at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital(NAUTH), Nnewi.
THISDAY gathered that the death toll is still on the increase as some injured victims are said to have also relapsed to death.

It was gathered that the gunmen had stormed the church in search of a drug baron after visiting his house, but were not lucky as their target had fled on getting wind of their presence.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Umar Baba Garba, has debunked reports of the number of deaths, saying that only eight people died in the attack, while 18 others were injured. He also said that the report that the men came in their number was untrue, saying that only one gun man carried out the attack.
Garba assured Nigerians that the police were still investigating the matter and that all was under control. Text Edited from http://allafrica.com/stories/201708060162.html
Video source: https://www.naij.com/1118839-breaking-unknown-gunmen-attack-anambra-church-15-50-reported-dead-video.html
More: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/breaking-gunmen-attack-catholic-church-anambra-killing-15-wounding-21/
(Please note that the exact number of those killed is different according to different News agencies this post will be changed when the exact number is released)
Please PRAY for Christians in Nigeria as they are often persecuted for their Faith

#PopeFrancis " importance of detaching ourselves from worldly things, to make a way up and contemplate Jesus." Transfiguration Angelus - TEXT - FULL Video

Vatican City (AsiaNews Report) - In the Angelus the ascension of the disciples to Mount Tabor to contemplate the transfigured Jesus, is compared by Pope Francis with the "time of rest and detachment from daily occupations", useful for "reviving the forces of the body and the spirit, deepening the spiritual path" . He reminds that in the summer there are those who "cannot take holidays because they are prevented by age, health or work reasons, economic constraints or other problems."
The event of the Lord's Transfiguration, which the Church celebrates today, "invites us to meet Jesus and to be at the service of our brothers" suggests a way to live the holidays because "rest and detachment from everyday occupations, can re-energize the forces of the body and spirit, deepening the spiritual path. "
Pope Francis explained in this way the mystery of the transfiguration of Jesus, in front of the disciples Peter, James and John, “led up a high mountain" (Mt 17: 1), binding it to the way in which to use the time of summer break, without forgetting "the summer of those who cannot do holidays" for illness, economic reasons, or work.
"The ascension of the disciples to Mount Tabor - he explained - leads us to reflect on the importance of detaching ourselves from worldly things, to make a way up and contemplate Jesus. This is to give us a careful and prayerful listening to Christ, the beloved Son of the Father, searching for moments of prayer that allow the docile and joyful reception of the Word of God. We are called to rediscover the peaceful and rejuvenating silence of the Bible's gospel, leading to a destiny of beauty, of splendor and joy. And when we put the Bible into our hands, we feel this inner joy that the word of God produces in us. In this perspective, summer time is a providential moment to increase our commitment in seeking and meeting with the Lord. During this period, students are free from school and many families take their holidays; in this period of rest and detachment from daily occupations, it is important that the body and spirit forces can be renewed, deepening the spiritual path. "
"At the end of the admirable experience of the Transfiguration, the disciples came down from the mountain (cf v. 9) with eyes and hearts transfigured by the encounter with the Lord. It is the path that we can follow. The more and more living rediscovery of Jesus is not an end in itself, but leads us to "come down from the mountain," recharged with the power of the divine Spirit, to decide new steps for conversion, and to constantly witness charity as the law of daily life. Transformed by the presence of Christ and by the ardor of His Word, we will be a concrete sign of God's vivifying love for all of our brothers, especially those who suffer, those who are in solitude and abandonment, the sick and that multitude of men and women who, in different parts of the world, are humiliated by injustice, bullying and violence. "
"In the Transfiguration - he concluded - the voice of the heavenly Father is heard, saying," This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him! "(v.5). We look up to Mary, the listening Virgin, always ready to welcome and keep in her heart every word of the divine Son (cf. Lk 1:51). May our Mother and Mother of God help us to come in tune with the Word of God so that Christ can become light and guide in our whole life. We entrust to Her the holidays of everyone, that they can be serene and profitable, and above all the summer of those who cannot take holidays because they are prevented from age, health or work reasons, economic constraints or other problems, so that it can be in any way a relaxing time, cheered by friendly appearances and happy moments. "

Sunday Mass Online : Sunday August 6, 2017 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - #Transfiguration of Jesus



Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Lectionary: 614


Reading 1DN 7:9-10, 13-14

















As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading 22 PT 1:16-19

Beloved:
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
"This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 

AlleluiaMT 17:5C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him."
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
"Rise, and do not be afraid."
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
"Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."