Eucharistic celebrations on the Feast of St. Josemaría
The feast of St. Josemaría, June 26, was celebrated in many countries around the world.
In Africa, devotion to the Founder of Opus Dei has crossed the borders of the places where the Prelature is already established and people have recourse to his intercession in many other countries.
Dakar, in Senegal, was one of the cities which saw the liturgical memorial of the Founder of Opus Dei celebrated for the first time. The Mass took place in the Piarist Fathers’ Church of the Uganda Martyrs. A Mass was also celebrated in honor of St. Josemaría on the neighboring island of Gorée, in gratitude for favors received by local residents who had recourse to his intercession.
Other African countries where Eucharistic celebrations in connection with June 26th were held include Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, and Tanzania.
In Barbados, on the other side of the Atlantic, Opus Dei’s stable apostolic work has also not yet begun. Nevertheless, on that island many people pray to St. Josemaría and benefit from his teachings. St. Josemaría’s feast day was celebrated with a Mass there.
In many places, a relic of the saint was used in the blessing of the faithful at the end of the celebration.
Romana, No. 46, January-June 2008, p. 116.