Top clerics as well as members of the laity converged in Mbutu Mbaise, Imo State, recently to bid farewell to late Ezinne Mercy Ehisianya Ogunedo, mother of the Anglican Bishop of Mbaise, Rt. Rev. Chamberlain Ogunedo.
A funeral service was held in her honour at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Mbutu, where former Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Most Rev. Ugochukwu Ezeoke, described her as a worthy servant of God who had wrestled for the kingdom of God despite obstacles.
Preaching the sermon at the service, Most Rev. Ezeoke said that Ezinne Ogunedo propagated the work of God so much through Bible teachings as well as women and youth organizations, especially in Aba, Abia State, and environs.
He said that the deceased merited the eternal glory and advised the family to uphold the legacies their late mother who, he said, had finished the race and won the crown of eternity had left.
The Prelate charged Christians to be faithful to God even when they encounter challenges such as persecution, abandonment, neglect and other evils while propagating God’s work.
He counseled the people to always examine their lives and ensure their preparedness to meet the Lord anytime, adding that one’s relationship with Christ determines where one goes at last, as nothing is hidden from God.
The service was conducted by Rev. Canon C.A. Otuonye while the second son of the deceased, Rt. Rev. Chamberlain Ogunedo, read the only lesson from St. John’s gospel 11:17-27. Bishops Emma Maduwike, Godson Ukanwa and others handled the intercessory prayers with the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma, and Rt. Rev. Augustine Iwuagwu taking the final prayers for the family.
In his remarks, the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma appreciated the family for living good Christian life which is evidenced with the large turn out of people to give the deceased a befitting burial.
The ceremony witnessed Bishops, various dioceses, priests, top government officials, from across the country, including worshippers from Aba Diocese, Catholic Women Organisation of Mbaise and others.
The choirs of St. Michael’s Cathedral Church, Ife, St. Peters Mbutu, St. Peters Ubonukam and Glorious Mbaise choir rendered beautiful requem songs at the service.