The Catholic Diocese of Enugu State has called for a prayer of Atonement and Reparation over what they described as desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” by the followers of Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry.
On Wednesday, 5th of May, the follower of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka took to the street of Enugu to protest the sudden disappearance of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria. The protesters marched to the Bishop’s Court at Igboeze Street, Independence Layout Enugu where they destroyed some parts of the building.
In a statement signed by Bishop Callistus Onaga, the Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, called on all Parishes, Chaplaincies and Religious Houses in Catholic Diocese of Enugu are to embark on this prayer.
The statement reads:
On 5 May 2021, the followers of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into the diocesan cathedral Church and desecrated the holy altar of sacrifice. Over and above this, they brutally vandalized the diocesan bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the secretariat building complex.
Therefore. I hereby declare and call for a one week union of prayer in repiration and atonement for this heinous act against our central place of worship and the sanctity of the Church. The prayer begins from Friday, 7th May to Friday, 14th May 2021. Every parish, chaplaincy and religious community in the
diocese is obliged to participate in this holy activity.
In addition to the traditional May devotion prayers (like daily benediction), the following prayers are to be offered for this purpose
(a) 5 decades of the Holy Rosary
(b) Act of Reparation to the Most Blessed Sacrament (attached to this letter) and
(C) Psaims 51 and 23.
I enjoin you to remain sober and keep the diocese in prayer. With divine assistance and grace, we shall overcome this challenging moment. May Our Lady, the Queen of May intercede for us, Amen.