According to a statement by Father Alfred Chaima, pastoral secretary of Blantyre Archdiocese, Blantyre diocesan administrator Bishop Montfort Stima will preside over the prayers.
“The church building of St Simon and Jude [Chileka] Outchurch of the Parish of Lunzu was attacked and broken into between January 1 and 5, this year by unknown assailants.
“They forced the door of the tabernacle open and went away with a ciborium full of Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist). The matter has since been reported to police,” said Chaima.
He said the church feels the incident was serious ‘that goes beyond ordinary burglary or theft’ as it does not know where the Eucharist has been taken to.
As a result, the church will hold a vigil followed by hours of adoration from 5pm on Saturday and solemn mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday.
Chileka police officer-in charge Mary Walusa said on Wednesday that there was no official record of the matter at the station.
Meanwhile, in Dedza, there were reports that rosaries were being taken away from Catholics, in some cases, in exchange for money.
Dedza diocese vicar general Father John Chithonje said the church referred the matter to Dedza Parish Curate, Father Godino Chinkanda.
But Dedza Police officer in charge Sledge Yusuf said the matter was referred to the district commissioner and that the police only got a copy.