​October 1 – Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria (Solemnity In Nigeria)

​October 1 – Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria (Solemnity In Nigeria)

Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria is a solemnity celebrated on the date of the country’s independence.

The dedication of the country to Our Lady’s protection was initiated by the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria shortly after independence in 1960.

The Jesuit priests later commissioned a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Baby Jesus as an icon of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria.

According to Ad Caeli Reginam, the encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Queenship of Mary  “From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen”

Following on the crises of our times, where injustice, corruption, fear, wars and brutal killings reign, we can entrust our confidence and our hope to Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, making known to her our reverence and trust in her intercession.

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