Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Nayorigo (UE), Jan
1, GNA – Ghanaians have been urged to cultivate the spirit of love for peace,
harmonious living and tolerance for sustainable development in the New Year and
Clement Ajongba, a Catholic Priest at the St Anne’s Parish, Bongo, in the
Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, said it was only when Ghanaians longed and desired
for peace that they would respect each other’s views and work together for the
wellbeing of all the citizenry.
The Priest was
preaching a sermon at the celebration of the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary, the
Holy Mother of God, at the Mary Mother of God Catholic Church at Nayorigo in
the Bongo District.
Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the
auspices of her motherhood of Jesus Christ, who Christians referred to as the
Lord, Son of God.
It is celebrated
annually on January 1, by the Catholic Church in honour of Mary’s role in the
birth of Jesus Christ and it was obligatory for all Catholics to partake in the
celebration of the feast.
Ajongba encouraged all Ghanaians to eschew all activities that would mar the
peaceful conduct of the elections.
He said Ghanaians
needed to be prayerful and emulate the peaceful persona of the Blessed Virgin
Mary and ensure that they lived in mutual respect and love which would propel
prosperity and sustainable development.
The Priest urged
Christians to always trust in God in every situation they found themselves and added
that “God has made his sons and daughters, so we are not slaves, but children
of God and we can call him our Father”.
Christians especially Catholics to always turn to the Virgin Mary anytime they
were faced with difficulties and she would intercede on their behalf.
The feast was part
of the celebration to mark the New Year.