“24 Hours for the Lord” in Neotan and Prayer for Four MC Nuns Killed and for the Missing Salesian Priest in Yamen

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In the wake of the recent suspected terrorist on Mother Teresa Sisters in Yamen and responding to Pope’s invitation to participate in the “24 Hours for the Lord” programme, as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Mercy celebrations, Sacred Heart Parish, Neotan village in Miao Diocese, conducted Eucharistic Adoration, sessions on Jubilee of Mercy, Divine Mercy Chaplets and Healing prayer on 4th March 2016.

The world woke up to tragic news of 4 Missionaries of Charity (MC) Nuns among 16 people gunned down suspected Islamic fundamentalists on 3 March, 2016. To express solidarity with the Church in this time of great pain and to pray for the deceased Nuns, the “24 Hours for the Lord” programme was organized in Neotan village of Miao Diocese. The progamme, which was part of the Jubilee of Mercy, had great significance in the context of this recent attack on MC Nuns in Yamen.  Starting the day with a session on the Jubilee theme, ‘Mercy’, the faithful gathered for the event were made aware of the significance of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Mr. Nonkhum Mossang, Vice President of the Parish Pastoral Council, and Mrs. Likhro Mossang, Diocesan Women President, were the main resource persons for the sessions.

The healing and anointing prayer moved everyone to tears. “It is sad to know what happened to the MC Nuns. They have sacrificed their life for the love of Christ. I am here to express my solidarity with the Church and pray for the Nuns and for the missing Salesian Priest”, said Mrs. Dangnai Mossang, Anchal Samiti Member, participating in the “24 Hours for the Lord” prayer service. The faithful gathered for the event had a chance to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the event. “I thank God for this day that I could participate in a day like this. I feel really blessed today, spending time with the Eucharistic Lord, meditating on the Mercy of God”, said Mr. Tuba Mossang, another Parishner.

The event saw a large number of people gathered at the Church from 8 in the morning to 10 in the night, with prayer and fasting for God’s Mercy.