The Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast has begun a 40-day spiritual preparation towards its first ever Archdiocesan Marian Pilgrimage to Jukwa Krobo Grotto, Ghana for the grand Celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Feast.

The Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast declared a 40-day spiritual preparation for the grand Celebration with a call on the faithful to strengthen and solidify their beliefs and values, as well as to live in accordance with God’s word.

The celebration is on the theme ” Our Call to Holiness and Mission through devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” and is expected to be graced by the Most Rev. Mattias Kobina Nketsiah, Archbishop Emeritus of the Cape Coast Archdiocese and Most Rev. John B. Attakruh, Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

In an interview with AGNUS-DEI MEDIA, Rev. Fr. David Paintsil, Rector of the Grotto, said that part of the preparations for the grand celebration outlined by the Archbishop beginning May 15th  through to June 25th would include a prayer for the growth and spread of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as a prayer for peace in families, the world, and an end to the Russia-Ukraine war.

He added that ”  as part of the Archbishop’s prayer  intention the faithful are urged to pray for the spiritual renewal of the Archdiocese and the entire Catholic Church.

Additionally, the faithful have been asked to pray the rosary every day in their parishes and to attend Mass on a regular basis.

He emphasized that the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which symbolizes the Blessed Virgin Mary’s tremendous purity and love for God, encourages the faithful to emulate her and what she represents.

“The 40-day spiritual journey thus encourages everyone to prepare to live in purity, love, and oneness with others.”

The Grotto was first built in 2014, and since then, plans have been in the works to make it the Archdiocese’s official pilgrimage centre.
The Grotto was dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Palmer-Buckle last year.

Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary (Latin: Cor Immaculatum Mariae) is a Roman Catholic devotional name that refers to the Catholic view of Mary, Jesus’ mother, and her interior life, including her joys and sorrows, virtues and hidden perfections, and, most importantly, her virginal love for God the Father, maternal love for her son Jesus Christ, and motherly and compassionate love for all mankind.

The Immaculate heart is frequently pierced with seven wounds or swords and wrapped in crimson or white roses in commemoration of Mary’s seven dolors.

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