SACRED PLACES AND THINGS. The Marian Shrine. ST.AGNES CATHOLIC CHURCH MARYLAND, LAGOS. THE LAGOS CLASS Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. . The catholic church is situated at Maryland in Lagos state, Nigeria. It consists of a church and a shrine.
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The Marian Shrine
ST.AGNES CATHOLIC CHURCH MARYLAND, LAGOS.
THE LAGOS CLASS
Queen’s College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.
It consists of a church and a shrine.
The shrine is called the Marian Shrine.
The shrine is so called because of its main function which is for prayer (in general).
This is a section where people can come to drink water freely and have the assurance with faith that they have been healed of their sickness.
Holy salt is used to purify the water to make it clean and fit for drinking. It is referred to as Holy Salt because it has been blessed by the priest.
JESUS RECEIVES THE CROSS
JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
The next section in the shrine is the different Stations of the Cross. These stations of the cross are inscribed on the wall for easy accessibility and visibility.
JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
JESUS’ FACE WITH
The members pray these stations as they move from one station to another. There are 14 stations in a whole.
JESUS MEETS THE
JESUS FALLS THE
STRIPPED OF HIS
JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
JESUS’ BODY IS
JESUS DIES ON
JESUS’ BODY IS
JESUS IS LAID IN
THE TOMB AND
COVERED IN INCENSE
After the seventh station is the statue of Mother Mary and a little girl called ST. Benedette Subrino.
This girl was said to have been praying fervently. During her prayer sessions at Lourdes in France, Mother Mary usually appeared to her.
St Benedette Subrino was the only person seeing Mother Mary during the apparition while others could not, so they did not believe her.
Meanwhile there was an argument going on in the church amongst the Bishops on the naming of The Immaculate Conception. While this was going on, the girl was at her usual spot praying when Mary appeared to her again.
She was the only one who could see Mother Mary so people told her to ask Mother Mary for her name and Mary told her that she (Mary) was the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION !
This came as a surprise because the priests could not phantom how she knew. This meant that the name had also been approved by Mother Mary herself.
The apparition is named Our Lady Of Lourdes in France. People go there to cleanse themselves and get healing by faith till today.
The Shrine is steadily becoming a pilgrimage centre as various parishes and groups organize retreats and days of recollection at the holy grounds. Meetings of any other kind by any group or society is however not allowed in the Shrine.
Apart from the regular annual Novenas for the three solemnities of Our Lady, Novena in honour of Our Lady is celebrated every Wednesday evening (6.00p.m) at the Shrine.
Pope John Paul
The decision to have an Archdiocesan Marian Shrine was taken by the Archbishop Dr. A.O. Okogie in 1984. The purpose was to provide pilgrimage facilities for all the parishes of the Archdiocese of Lagos. Individuals or groups could come to Maryland to pray and give praises to God in union with Mary, our Mother.
Archbishop Cardinal Okogie
"A day with Mary is also organized every 1st Saturday of the Month at the Shrine"
The design of the Marian Shrine was done by Mr. Rudy F. Cemine while the construction was by Messrs Ronika Builders Ltd; George Oye and Ms Selsaabed Construction Company Ltd., under the supervision of Rev. Fr. K. McGarry who was also Co-ordinator of the Shrine.
The Shrine which now includes a Grotto of Our Lady, Stations of the Cross and an open-air altar is capable of accommodating about 10,000 people.
Pope Benedict XVI