Besides the political rhetoric that dominated the Sunday, January 13, inauguration of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Ridgeways into a full Parish, President Uhuru Kenyatta received a rather unusual gift from the church.
The president was presented a huge sculpture of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which according to the church leaders was meant to protect the Head of State.
While handing over the idol to the president, the church leader who was leading the gift handover noted it was in line with the church's patronage.
"Your excellency this church is under the patronage of our Lady of the Rosary and we want you to be under the protection of our mother. With our mother on your side you will always be safe," said church leader.
Cardinal John Njue blessed the marble statue before it was handed over to the president who received it warmly amid claps from the congregation.
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To the Catholic faithful, the veneration of Mary encompasses various Marian devotions which include prayer, pious acts, visual arts, poetry, and music devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Popes have encouraged it, while also taking steps to reform some manifestations of it.
The sculpture of Mary is also used as a prayer tool for the intercession of prayers who takes the prayers to God.
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