It was a day of joy penultimate Thursday when parishioners in Amaulu in the Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry, Diocese of Owerri, rolled out the drums to accord a rousing reception to the Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, Bishop of the Diocese.
The occasion was the official dedication ceremony of the new ultra-modern vicarage built by members of St. Michael’s Anglican Church Amaulu, Ihitte Mbieri.
The parishioners led by Ven. Chukwuma Akakuru, the Archdeacon of Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry, and the parish priest of Amaulu, Rev. Dr. Timothy Agoha sang and danced, as they lined up major routes to receive the August visitor.
Members of the Boys and Girls Brigade also added colour to the event with their displays.
Addressing the people of God shortly before the official ceremony, Bishop Okorocha said, “it is always a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord”. He praised the vision of members of St. Michael’s Church who deemed it fit to build such a magnificent edifice, so that church workers can live in a comfortable place to render service, thereby fulfilling the purpose for which they are sent.
In a brief exhortation taken from the book of Psalm 84:1, entitled: “How beautiful is thy dwelling place”, the prelate enjoined Christians to always strive to live a life of holiness and righteousness, and to long for the service of God like the Psalmist who expressed his joy in serving the Lord.
Bishop Okorocha thanked God for His grace and enablement towards the realization of the project.
He took a swipe on those who flaunt their ill-gotten wealth and use it to intimidate others, and pleaded with them to repent and have a rethink.
The man of God who said that Christianity cannot be compared with any other religion in the world warned the people of God to beware of the present lackadaisical attitude toward the things of God, and learn to say no! to evil tendencies according to the injunction in Proverbs 1:10- “If sinners entice you, do not consent”!
Bishop Okorocha was later led to the various apartments of the new building where he consecrated them. He blessed the people and prayed for the resident priest and his/family.
The Archdeacon of Obazu Mbieri Archdeaconry, Ven. Chukwuma Akakuru thanked the Bishop on behalf of the parishioners and wished him the best in his Episcopal ministry.
All the priests and other church workers in the archdeaconry were in attendance.
Some parishioners who spoke to Christian Voice on the epoch-making event expressed their joy and gratitude to God for enabling them accomplish the project. Mr Onyema Opara, a church elder was full of thanks to God for the great thing He has done, and described the event as a promise fulfilled.