by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – An unusual theft has occurred at St Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, recently, where a consecrated Host was taken away from the Church.
The Eucharist (consecrated Host) is the center of the Catholic Faith. It is believed to be the body Jesus Christ, which the Church exposes 24 hours in each parish, for adoration, prayers and quiet time for members, and even none members of the Church go in for prayers and adoration at the Chapel.
Surprisingly, however, on the night of Sunday to Monday of 9th August, 2021, someone broke into the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield Jos, Plateau State, and took away the consecrated Host from the monstrance.
The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, Most Rev. Matthew Ishaya Audu, described the incident as an assault on the very essence of Catholic Faith, and prayed for God’s mercy on such a person for committing this sacrilege.
He stated, thus: “We all need to make atonement and reparation for the indignity and injuries to which the Eucharistic Heart has been subjected,” and called for all measures to prevent similar occurrence wherever the Eucharistic present is preserved for worship or adoration.
According to him, in reparation to atone for the sacrilege committed against the Most Holy Body of our Lord, Jesus Christ, a Reparation Mass was held on Saturday, 7th August, 2021, at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, to ask for mercy where all Priests of the Archdiocese were in attendance along with the Catholic Laity.
The Parishes under the Archdiocese of Jos are to pray for God’s forgiveness and mercy for one week, while St. Finbarr’s Parish is to pray for one month.
Following this development, the 24 hours and all-night exposition (of the Holy Eucharist) has been suspended. Full exposition is permitted only where CCTV and functional solar/electricity is available.
After the one month prayers have elapsed, the Archdiocese is to converge at St. Finbarr’s Parish on the 11th September, 2021, for the concluding prayers.