Violence-hit Pakistan parish welcomes Infant Jesus of Prague
The children carried the stature in a solemn procession, singing and dancing on themes from the life of the Child Jesus as narrated in the Gospels.
The Sacred Heart Church in Gojra of Punjab province recently received a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague for devotion. The Holy Infant’s arrival is a consolation and a spiritual balm for the Christians of Gojra, especially the children, parish leaders said.
Gojra witnessed a Christian massacre in 2009, when a Muslim mob attacked the Christian area of the town, over an alleged case of blasphemy. They burned down houses and killed 8 Christians, including a child.
The pastor of the church, Father Yaqub Yousuf, said the statue of the Child Jesus came from the Sanctuary of the capital of the Czech Republic. More than 300 children and young people from over 30 villages of the area greeted it.
"The Child comes to strengthen our faith, it is cause of a celebration in the Year of Faith. Let us reflect on Jesus’ childhood, a model for our little ones; they take wisdom, faith and the deep relationship with the Father from him," said the priest.
The children carried the stature in a solemn procession, singing and dancing on themes from the life of the Child Jesus as narrated in the Gospels. Some young people also gave touching testimonies of "the wonderful works that Baby Jesus had done in their lives."
The celebration and the solemn Mass saw the participation of many priests. Father Emmanuel Parvez from Pansara parish in Faislabad and Father Waseem Walter, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan and promoter of Holy Childhood in the country, were present.
Leaflets with the prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague in Urdu are already being distributed in the local community and beyond. People are encouraged to have special devotion to Infant Jesus, which is becoming increasingly popular in Pakistan.
Source: Agenzia Fides