Worshippers at Saints Joachim and Anne Oratory, Asaba, today celebrated the annual feast of their patron Saints.
The event was heralded with a holy mass celebrated by the Priest in charge of the Oratory, Reverend Father Augustine Odu.
Speaking to our reporter shortly after the mass, Reverend Father Odu said the feast was in honour of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the blessed Virgin Mary, adding that they and indeed other Saints needed to be appreciated because they had passed through this world and were now with God in heaven.
He stated that the Saints were also of great importance to Christians because they always interceded in trying times to attract forgiveness for sin, blessing, deliverance, healing and breakthrough in life.
The Priest described the Oratory as a unique place for Catholics in the Issele – Uku diocese to worship because it remained the only one of its kind in the diocese, with a serene environment and activities designed to promote spiritual growth and draw worshippers closer to God.
Father Odu explained that although the Oratory, which is not a parish, was established by the Bishop with special consideration for the elderly, it had over the years grown in worshippers population, spiritually and in activities, as many who had found the schedule and activities of the place convenient could not be turned back.
He said the Oratory was independent of any parish and would continue to operate in line with the vision of the Bishop of the Issele – Uku diocese, the Most Reverend Michael Elue.
The celebration was rounded off with the cutting of cake.