Over five thousand Christians trooped to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri penultimate Saturday, to be part of the Diocese ‘Festival of Praise and Worship with the theme:”… like Lightening in the Sky.. Let There Be Light, The Dazzle of Light!”. organized by the Revival Team of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri.
The music festival featured popular artistes like Buchi (It is Well), Glorious Singers, Fresh Fire Mass Choir, CATOL Choir, and the Anglican Chapel of Light (ACHOL) Choir, Federal University of Technology Owerri.
It was indeed a festival of songs and praises unto God, an occasion in which praises went up and the glory of God and His blessings visibly came down, the first of its kind, ever organized by the Diocese of Owerri.
The Revival Team which organized the festival comprised Venerable Zion “Ngoka (Bishop’s Senior Chaplain), Venerable Paul Nwozuzu, Venerable Ferdinand Mbalisi, Rev. Chinemerem Uche, among other Clergymen and the Laity in the Diocese, including Rev. Canon Akajiaku Chukwuocha, who served as the Co-ordinator of the programme.
In their separate remarks members of the Revival Team said that the purpose of the festival was to let Christians appreciate the importance of praises in worshiping God, adding that to worship God in the beauty of Holiness, there is need to first of all know Him.
They thanked God for the opportunity of worshipping Him in a free atmosphere and under His son, Jesus Christ, and hoped that the occasion would bring about deliverance, healings and open doors to all the participants as they bless the Holy name of Jesus.
Speaking at the end of the programme, the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, before saying the benediction, noted that, when the Spirit of God comes into our hearts, we cannot but dance like David.
He said that Christianity is about love, and affirmed that once God loves you, nothing will separate you from Him.
Bishop Okorocha reminded Christians; especially the Faithful in the Diocese, to try and always give praises to God Who has called them out from darkness into Light, adding that the people who toe the works of darkness cannot say that they are worshipping God.
According to him, “light is beautiful, and a thing of beauty is a thing of “joy forever” He explained that beauty is in the heart, and reflects in one’s character, whereas, he added, the memory of the wicked is wrathful and does not last.
The Man of God challenged elders to try and let the younger ones know That they are God’s creation, by showing them love, and living life worthy of emulation.
Bishop Okorocha lamented that organized crime which focuses on young people today is the biggest rape on humanity.
The reason people suffer and hate their leaders now, is because they cheat them, he further explained.
Be that as it may, he posited, there is the need for the young people to Start singing songs of joy and love, adding that helping them would enable them come out of brigandage and other criminal activities.