New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
There are some people who literally see the cross as only a piece of wood with or without image of a dead person on it. For some, its about a tormented and anguished man. For some Jews, a mere criminal and an impostor who deserved to die on a piece of wood. But for us Christians, the Crucifix or Cross symbolizes a lot of things. On it hung our Savior and Redeemer. A bronze serpent on pole at the instruction of God was able to cure those bitten by serpents and someone thinks that the only Son of God wouldn't be more effective when He hangs on the cross. 'When I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself" The Christian Cross is a symbol of victory, salvation, new life, liberation, defeat of the enemy and sin. It is a Christian seal. It is a symbol of atonement and a reminder of God's love for humanity. It is a symbol of a great Sacrifice. Tertullian called Christians: "Crucis religiosi" devotees of the cross'. This feast is "exaltatione Sancta Crucis''. The Cross should be our banner of faith, love and life. It should be our standard with all legions of Christ standing up against the enemies and all satanic forces. '' At the Cross, at the Cross where I first saw the light. And the burden of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight. And now I am happy all the day." Isaac Watt. Hymn: At the Cross. Pope Francis commented: "When we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross and when we proclaim Christ without the Cross, we are Worldly. We may be bishops, priests, Cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord'. The good thing is that the CROSS is every triumphant and will keep standing strong in every situation. We will continue to venerate and carry our crosses since it is the core of our Christianity.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE
Our mission is to establish a thriving Catholic ethnic community for the Igbo Diaspora in New York. We seek to build a community that galvanizes and serves as a rallying point, a fountain of hope, and a forum for the worship of Almighty God in Igbo language and in accordance with the Roman Catholic faith. We envision a community that preserves and perpetuates the Igbo culture, language, social values, charity, and our Roman Catholic heritage through evangelization, catechesis, Bible studies, and advancement of Catholic principles and ideals.