By Simon Onziga

From the earliest days of the Church, groups of the faithful have chosen a particularly holy person who has passed on to intercede for them with God.

Seeking the intercession of a patron saint does not mean that one cannot approach God directly in prayer; rather, it’s like asking a friend to pray for you to God, while you also pray—except, in this case, the friend is already in Heaven, and can pray to God for you without ceasing.

The practice of adopting patron saints goes back to the building of the first public churches in the Roman Empire, most of which were built over the graves of martyrs.

As Christianity spread to areas with few martyrs or canonized saints, it became common to dedicate a church to a saint whose relics were placed in it or who was especially venerated by the founders of the church.

This therefore means one or a Christian community should poses some life examples of a particular saint.

These students of St. Mary’s Ediofe Girls secondary School share lessons learnt from the life of St. Marry,

Some say they learned from Mary to be obedient as she obeyed the angel co conceive Jesus Christ and others say they do all they can to abstain till after studies as Marry deed.

Monsignor Louis Ajusi the pastoral coordinator Arua diocese urges the Christians to name their children after such holy people.

­“ Naming children or a church after a particular saint means the people should have devotion through prayers to this particular saint and the saint intercede for them to God”. Monsignor Said.

Christians are encouraged to have a special devotion to the patron saint of their parishes, as well as the patron saint of their country and the countries of their ancestors. End