Henceforth, the Pre-Matins Bible Study held in every church in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri and even in other Dioceses in the Anglican communion, before the main service on Sundays, will now be known as Redemption Hour in this Diocese.
This is borne out of a vision of the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, who announced the replacement at St. Mark’s Chapel, Bishop’s Bourne, Owerri during the last mid week service, stressing that the Lord is beginning a wonderful wave of redemption in the Diocese.
Every Sunday evening will also be a time for youth redemption in all the churches in the Diocese.
Bishop Okorocha used the occasion to baptize the female child of Rev Godson and Mrs Peace Okoro, named Ogechukwu Chimletaram Okoro, another female child of Rev. Nneji and Mrs Ihuma Anukam.
He thanked God for the gifts of the little children to their respective parents, and said that such gifts do not add sorrow but riches unto the beneficiaries.
The Prelate also prayed God to enable both the biological and God-parents of the children to raise and nurture them in the fear of the Lord and to maturity, inspite of spiritual, economic, and social implications of carrying out such responsibilities, adding that as the children grow, the love of Jesus will be seen in them.
The Chief shepherd emphasized the need for those who accept to be God-parents to known the purpose of such acceptance and try to live up to the responsibility, adding the children are usually watchful of the quality of the life which their biological parents and God-parents live.
It was also an occasion to thank God and dedicate a 33-seater Nissan Bus belonging to the Anglican Youth Fellowship of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Amakohia and a Volvo car owned by the Priest in-charge of St. Paul’s Church, Ubaha-Orodo, Rev Innocent Amaefula.