Sr. Mary Gabrielle osc

Bokis Kontrak

The Ark of the Covenant

By Sr. Mary Gabrielle osc

Guinea highlanders have been following a modern day Ark of the Covenant. It all begun when the people in the Diocese of Wabag wanted to commemorate the first coming of the SVD missionaries 50 years ago. The idea of carrying a Bible from parish to parish following the path of the early missionaries came up. The Bible was to travel in style – in a specially decorated wooden and glass box, modeled after the Ark of the Covenant, or as they termed it “Bokis Kontrak”. This was to symbolize the presence of God’s Word in their midst. For four months, they carried the ark around the parishes of the diocese. It was never left alone night or day, rain or shine.