By Ononye VC
It was an eventful day at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Parish,Onitsha as the Rector of the Basilica, Monsignor Nwokedi Francis Ezumezu leading other priests,religious and parishioners hosted the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,most Rev Valerian Okeke during his Pastoral visit last Sunday.
It was also a day for celebration of the feast of Holy Trinity also known as Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.
The Archbishop was accorded a rousing and colourful reception as various activities and fun-fares were rolled out to receive him.
It was indeed a home coming for the Archbishop who is also a member of the parish.
Delivering his homily during the mass,the Archbishop among other admonitions invited the faithful to endeavour to encounter the Blessed Holy Trinity and also try to live in peace with one another.
While speaking on the mystery of the Holy Trinity,the Archbishop said it is beyond the knowledge of man to fully explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity and that if we allow the love of God to dwell in us,we have automatically become the children of the Blessed Trinity.
Stressing on the importance of prayers,the Archbishop said,”Let us learn how to pray.The most important thing in our life is to thank God always and pray for others”, adding that praying for others is very important in relationship with God.
Expressing joy on the spiritual connection between the Basilica Parish and the Blessed Trinity,the Archbishop said,
“It is a thing of great joy for us that our Cathedral Basilica bears this name. When the missionaries came, they thought of all the names, and gave us God’s own name. Our people say that a person’s name locates him. Through the gift of the Holy Trinity and the inspiration of the Holy spirit, He gave us His name. It becomes then a thing of joy and a thing of thanksgiving to God for us in celebrating the feast day of our Basilica today. As I pray for all our Parishioners, I pray God, that His name given to us, may locate us, look for us, be with us, His power and glory be with us, and may His grace overshadow us and His wisdom always lead us, through Christ our Lord”.
Chancellor of the Archdiocese Very Rev Fr Dr Prudentius Aroh was on hand to elaborate more on the Archbishop’s homily which he said was enriching and a food for thought for the entire faithful.
Highlight on the occasion was presentation of gifts to the Archbishop,march-past by students and pupils and conferment of confirmation on over 300 candidates.