Nigerian Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and Festival

December 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Africa, Director's Blog, Nigeria

Just prior to the American Tradition of Thanksgiving, Our Nigerian Catholic Community at St. Katharine Drexel in Roxbury celebrated the Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and Festival. In this celebration, Nigerian Catholics give more than just thanks for food, they give grateful thanks to God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon their families and their community.

After communion, each family brought gifts to the altar, with beautiful music and dance. The celebration lasted many hours and everyone was smiling all the way through it. Catholic worship for the people of Nigeria is an extraordinary gift that is not rushed. Why hurry this great blessing of God, the Holy Eucharist? They truly ex- pressed a grateful response to the Lord.

Fr. Jude Osunkwo was the principal celebrant and homilist. He encouraged the people to remember the hand that feeds them…God’s providential care.

It was the second year in a row that Fr. Michael Harrington was able to attend the Mass and Festival. He noted how everyone was energized by the music and dancing of the community. Everyone in the Church, including some newcomers, felt most welcome by the festivities.

Father Harrington stated, “As I watched each family approach the altar in with joyous dance, I could not help but think of the story of King David giving honor to God by dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.”

Fr. Jude Osunkwo blessing the men of the community

Fr. Jude Osunkwo blessing the men of the community

 

Fr. Jude incensing the Altar of the Lord

Fr. Jude incensing the Altar of the Lord

 

Nigerian Choir energizing the whole church

Nigerian Choir energizing the whole church

 

The Beautiful Cultural Dress

The Beautiful Cultural Dress

 

Dancing before the Altar of the Lord

Dancing before the Altar of the Lord

 

Some young people present at the Mass

Some young people present at the Mass

 

For more pictures of the Nigerian Catholic Festival click here

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