Mass of the Solemnity of Christ the King and procession of Corpus Christi (Latin for the Body of Christ) took place in Jesuit Memorial College on Sunday 24 November 2019. It was JMC’s seventh time to mark the annual Christian events. The Mass, which took place in the school chapel, began at 7:00am and ended at about 8:45am. The procession was within the school premises; it began at 5:20pm and ended at 6:25pm. Fr Udochukwu Ugorji SJ, the Acting President and Chaplain of the school, presided over both events. The students and some members of staff participated actively.
The Mass was marked by beautiful renditions by the JMC Choir, the well-articulated reading of the Lectors, the nicely choreographed steps of the Dancers in the Liturgy, the diligence of the Ushers, the effective service of the Altar Servers and, of course, the silent work of the Altar Decorators that showed itself gorgeously around the altar. Accompanied by the instrumentalists, Ugwumadu Christabel (SS 3) sang the Responsorial Psalm beautifully. The response was “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord”. It indeed brought joy and consolation to many. The homily was very inspiring. It was centered on the need to be good Christians.
An introductory session and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament preceded the Corpus Christi procession. The cross-bearer, accompanied by two acolytes, led the way. Students then followed in an orderly manner according to classes. They creatively showed their understanding of the day’s events with posters that they made earlier in the day; they elegantly kept the posters up as they sang and danced gloriously. Class teachers were with their classes. The Altar Servers were near the end of the procession. Behind them were flower girls, who were dressed in stunning white gowns. Fr Ese Ehwerherume, SJ, the Principal of the school, was directly in front of Fr Ugorji, who carried the Blessed Sacrament. We made stops at five different altars, where the Blessed Sacrament was placed and adored. Prayers were also offered for various intentions. The procession ended in the chapel with a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The celebration was fun, joyous and exhilarating for many in the school community. Faces of a majority of the students and staff were lit with smiles. The energy that radiated was simply magical.
Ihensekhien Michelle (SS 2), Agu Chisom (SS 1) and Tasie-Amadi Nnenda (SS 1)