Legion of Mary, St Thomas Aquinas Parish, G.R.A, Awka, celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which began with a Mass by Rev. Fr. Peter Ibeazor.
The occasion of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is an annual function, marked on September 8, all over the world, by the Association of Catholics with the sanction of the church.
Rev. Ibeazor, during his homily thanked the chairman of the occasion, Ben Okoye, for gracing the occasion and in a special way appreciated all that participated in the occassion and urged them not to quit from working for God.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Ben Okoye, in a special way thanked the priest, Fr. Ibeazor, Prof Chukwudi Nwaizuigbo, permanent secretary, Bridget Uwandu and the Junior legionaries Dancing goup. “I appreciate you. You are our future hope. I am happy.”
The President,, Pof. Ireneaus Chukwudi Nwaizugbo, in his speech, said that the Legion of Mary Society in St Thomas Aquinas’ Parish, Awka, joined her counterparts all over the world to celebrate the birthday of the Mother of Jesus Christ.
The feast, tagged ‘Presidium Function’ provides the legionaries, friends and well wishers an occasion for social interaction and merriment. The legionaries also celebrate this feast because it marks the birth of the Legion of Mary Society itself as it was founded on the eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 7, of 1921 in Dublin, Ireland.
Legion of Mary is a society of Catholic lay people who undertake apostolate of self sanctification and evangelisation, under the leadership of the Blessed virgin Mary, the New Eve, whose seed (Son) was designed to reverse the old curse and restore the friendship between man and God. The apostolate of the legion of Mary Society has the character of spiritual exercise demonstrated in the performance of weekly work obligation, weekly attendance at meetings, and daily recitation of Legion prayers in the spirit of Mary and in sense always on duty. The Praesidium Function becomes an opportunity for recreation for legionaries and their friends. Refreshments in terms of food and drinks are provided, talents are displayed, and dances of assorted styles and diverse cultures are on parade.
The occasion also creates a window for the friends of the legion to better understand the legion system, with a view to giving due consideration and decision to enroll as members.