Christians all over the world penultimate week celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ- the founder of the Christian faith. Activities marking the celebration began with the holy week. On Thursday there was a special church service to mark the arrest of Jesus Christ and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Good Friday which marked the death on the cross followed suit. The events were climaxed by the Easter which is celebrated as the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
At a special church service for the Good Friday held atSt Paul’s Church Umuhu Atta, Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese (Anglican Communion) Rt. Rev. Emma Maduwike charged Christians to depart from evil, repent and follow their master’s footsteps. The Prelate said Christ’s death on the cross remains the greatest sacrifice ever made world over. Bishop Maduwike who was making his first official visit to Umuhu Parish said God attaches much importance to blood because everything he made was done with blood. He said from the beginning of the world, God used blood. The Bishop quoted the scripture which says “The blood of the lamb was laid before the foundation of the world”. The man of God who preached what could best be described as one the greatest wake-up calls to Christians averred that Lucifer and his Angels were overpowered by the blood of the lamb and words of their testimony. He said Abraham’s covenant with God was sealed with blood adding that the closing of old testament witnessed the killing (blood) of John the Baptist. The Prelate said that the supreme sacrifice on the cross was aimed at liberating man from eternal doom stressing that his words on the cross ofCalvary-“it is finished” marked the end of the barrier between God and man. He warned those still making animal and human sacrifices to shun such or face eternal damnation stressing that” the blood of Christ speaks better things than the blood of any man or animal. The Bishop said the Easter remains the power and authority of every Christian adding that Christ’s visit to hell was a defeat to Satan and his cohorts. He said that the Jews, Pilate and Herod were gingered by Satan to kill the saviour noting that if the Princes and Princess of the world had known that his death would put the kingdom of darkness into shame, they would have allowed it.
The Vicar of Umuhu Parish Rev. Charles Mgbemena in his remarks identified love as the message of the season. Rev. Mgbemena said without love, God could not have sent his only son to suffer pains, agony and shame just to save his people. The Rector, Bishop Cockin Church Centre-BCCC Atta, Ven. Dr. Nwora Nwaigwe was among the Clerics that analyzed the seven words on the cross. The service featured songs, prayers, reading of the seven words on the cross among others. Prof. Clifford Anunuso of FUTO, Dr. Osmond Ukanacho and Dr. Johnson Igbokwe also of FUTO were among the parishioners that read the seven words of the cross. The PCC members like Mr. Charles Duruji (Pastor’s Warden) Goddy Nguzo (People’s Warden) Mr. Joshua Iwuanyanwu and Sir Ezikiel Anumihe attended the service.