Catholics to mark Feast of Christ the King on Sunday
Catholics in the country are to join their counterparts worldwide on Sunday to mark the feast of Christ the King.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos made the announcement in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
According to church history, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King is a relatively recent addition to western liturgical calendar.
It was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.
During the celebration Catholics go on procession, singing praises, while a priest carries the Eucharistic in a monstrance to pray for peace.
The Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese, Msgr. Gabriel Osu, said the event would mark the official closure of the Catholic liturgical year A and the beginning of another year B.
Osu said: “It is the end of the Catholic liturgical year and the beginning of a new year which is the Advent in preparation for Christmas, the feast commemorates the reign of Christ as King of the universe.
“The day will also be used to celebrate the gift of the Eucharist, which is also called the Blessed Sacrament.
“It is a day set aside to celebrate and remember Christ’s kingship over all creation as well as remind us that all humankind must submit to Christ’s rule.
“Here in the archdiocese, Archbishop Adewale Martins will be leading representatives of the faithful and the clergy on a procession from the Holy Cross Cathedral to St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, where the event will be rounded up.”