Catholic church approves new Igbo Order of Mass


Enugu-----The Catholic Church has approved a new Igbo translation of the Latin version of the procedure for celebration of masses in Igbo speaking parts of the country. This was made known by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Prof Godfrey Igwebuike Onah. He spoke during a meeting of the Diocesan Pastoral Council at Nsukka weekend. Speaking extempore, Onah also said that some unscrupulous Igbo now served as proxies for Fulani herdsmen by buying land which the herdsmen would later acquire through the backdoor. He said that those involved in the practice usually collect huge sums of money to buy large hectares of land at exorbitant prices for Fulani herdsmen after which they would claim to have resold such lands to them, warning of the dire consequences of their action in the future. The Bishop advised Christians to learn from what was happening in the country today by breeding their own local cows and goats, not only for their consumption but to provide employment for the army of unemployed youths around them. Onah further asked the Catholic parishes in Nsukka to set up their own farms for breeding of animals as a way of not only raising money for the church but also, empowering the faithful through agriculture. He said that the cows brought from the north were not as nutritional as the locally produced cows, goats and horses, which according to him, also digested faster than those bought elsewhere. According to him, "the security situation in our country today, calls for vigilance on the part of all. This is not the time to wait for the government or the church, as if we were not all of the Church and participants in government. "All of us are jointly responsible for our security. In addition as Catholics, we are called to fidelity in witnessing and mission to evangelise... "We have a religious and moral obligation to bring the message of Christ to everybody with whom we come in contact." Earlier, in his written address, Onah said that the new Igbo translation of the Latin version of the procedure for the celebration of masses otherwise known as Usoro Emume Missa, was produced by a group of translators led by Monsignor Donatus Ogudo. His words, "On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019, the new Igbo translation of Usoro Emume Missa finally came into use in all the Igbo speaking dioceses of (the church) in the country. "We thank all those who worked so hard on this project, especially the group of translators led by our own Msgr. Donatus Emeka Ogudo. Like every human product, it has its limitations and like everything new, we may experience some difficulties with some of the renditions of the texts. "Nevertheless, we ought always to remember that as texts of the Eucharistic celebration, they are primarily prayers addressed to God, who is not limited by the imperfections of our languages. Let us therefore, not allow ourselves to be unduly distracted by what we may consider better ways of rendering some of those texts. "There will, of course, be time for a review of the work by the competent authorities of the Church. "Individuals are, therefore, advised to restrain from all forms of improvised corrections. All are invited to carefully note all the corrections they would propose to the right persons when the time comes. "In the same vein, the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Provinces concerned have directed that all should wait until the approved musical compositions for the texts are made available. "However, musically talented, one may be, it is forbidden to use for the liturgy, unapproved texts and music. The sacred Liturgy is not like our private prayer and does not admit of improvisations." Meanwhile, Bishop Onah has also warned against extravagant celebrations of newly ordained Catholic priests through outlandish gifts by parishioners. "Parishes should avoid creating a spirit of triumphalism and materialism in the newly ordained through extravagant celebrations and outlandish gifts. "We are all collectively responsible for the quality of priests we get. Let us help our young priests to remain focused on the main purpose for which God called them to the Catholic priesthood," he added.

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