By Emma Onumah
About 270 newly confirmed candidates from the Christ’s Church Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, have received their first sacrament of Holy Communion with a call on them to always take the sacrament of Holy Communion, in a worthy and orderly manner, in order not to bring condemnation unto themselves, each time they take it.
Administering the sacrament of Holy communion on the new communicants, the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, asked the communicants, both the old and new ones, to always ensure that they touch Jesus Christ, and He touches them too, with a great sense of expectation, and a heart that is looking up to Him as the Lord and Saviour.
According to the bishop, the Holy Communion is such that would not only make us seek for unity and love amongst our selves and our family members, but would also help us eschew hatred, cheating, envy, exam malpractice, and other vices that bedevil the society these days.
The prelate, who also charged them to ensure that they, henceforth grow in the Holy Spirit, as to become better Christians, prayed that God’s Kingdom may come in all the homes in this nation, especially at this period of prevalent worrisome tribulations, stressing the need for the new communicants to be careful with the confirmation certificates being given to them, as the process of a reissue for a lost or missing certificate, he warned, could be quite rigorous for such a person.
Earlier in his homily, the Bishop’s Senior Chaplain, Rev Canon Ogechi Ofurum, advised the communicants that the sacrament of Holy Communion is not to be taken in bad faith or in anger, but rather in remembrance that Jesus Christ died for our sins, to enable us always have a sober reflection, as well as reach a point of repentance, pointing out that, “he that puts his hands on a plough should not look back”.
The senior chaplain posited that, by eating the bread and drinking from the cup, we are appreciating the fact that as Jesus died for the atonement of our sins, so He will give us the power to defeat the devil, if we remain steadfast and faithful in Him.
The highlight of the service was the laying of the foundation of a new storey building that will contain sixty lock-up shops when completed.
Laying the foundation of the building that is located in front of the church premises, Bishop Okorocha named it “OGANIHU PLAZA”.
The only lesson of the service was read from 1 Cor 11: 23-33 by Miss Precious Umezuruike, one of the new communicants.