Cameroonian archdiocese launching perpetual adoration at ‘every parish,’ archbishop says

St. John the Baptist Adoration Chapel, Fonchas Street, Bamenda, Cameroon. Credit: Ayuni Emmanuel

Father Anthony Bangsi, a parish priest of St. Gabriel’s Parish, Alamatu, said the diocese over the course of the year launched “several activities which the archbishop recommended for a fruitful celebration, among them a prayer which we are reciting every day during Mass, the prayer of the Eucharist.”

Bangsi said his parish is also constructing an adoration chapel and that it is “near completion.”

“This year also we had [a] diocesan Eucharist congress where talks were given with Eucharistic adorations and Eucharistic celebrations,” he said. “We had the challenge of carrying those down to the grassroots so that everybody should understand very well who comes to us in the Eucharist.”

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“This year, too, we are trying to understand what the Eucharist is all about — the source and summit of Christian life,” he continued. “We are also helping Christians who are in irregular situations to regularize their situations so that they can be able to share in this heavenly banquet which is the Eucharist.”

St. John the Baptist Adoration Chapel, Fonchas Street, Bamenda, Cameroon. Credit: Ayuni Emmanuel

Father Etim Lambert, curate of Immaculate Conception in Ngomgham, said Christian testimonies during the Eucharistic congress have spoken for themselves.

“Christians this year should have Christ at the center of their lives,” he said. “Once they eventually have him at the center of their lives, the building of chapels is automatic. And those living in irregular situations that prevent them from receiving the Eucharist should regularize it.”

“Before, there were just a few adoration chapels in the Bamenda Archdiocese. But if you come there now you will be shocked with the number of chapels that have been built and are still under construction.”

Aseni Linda, a member of the archdiocese, told CNA that the year has been one “of deep spiritual nourishment.”

“We’ve received many talks concerning the Eucharist and also we are encouraged to visit the Lord present in the Eucharist,” she said. “All the parishes were instructed to build a permanent adoration chapel, which is already done in my parish.”

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“It’s one of the most beautiful gifts we have received in the parish,” she said.

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