Maundy Thursday: Emulate Christ in righteousness, Archbishop Ibezim tells Christians

Chukwudi Ndubeze

The Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, has urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ in holiness and righteousness, as a way of resurrecting with Him during the Easter celebration.

The prelate made the call, at the Cathedral Church Of Saint Faith Awka during a special service to mark the 2021 Maundy Thursday. reports that the special service was held to commemorate Christ Passover feast with his disciples and to re-enact what Christ did in his days in reminding christians their roots so as to work out their salvation when there is time.

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Archbishop Ibezim at the service, drew his sermon from Exodus chapter 12, condemned attitude of believers who live in disobedience of the words of God, noting that the feast of passover is a new kingdom life style to usher in change of life.

Cross section of clergy at the special Service.

“We are living in a slavery time and we cannot expect change until we come out of slavery.” He urged Christians to shun attitudes that portray disobedience to Gods instructions.

While the Archbishop advised the clergy to shun monotonous lifestyle which could bring impediment to their growth, he however charged them to be humble and work hard to elevate their levels in God’s Kingdom.

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Archbishop Ibezim (L) washing the feet of his Wife, Mrs Chioma Ibezim during the Maundy Thursday special Service.

He asked the priests not to live as slaves but awake from their sleeps as God who called them will empower and give them grace to fulfill the work of their ministrites.

Diocesan Registrar, Barr. (Sir) Chris Adimora, during the Maundy Thursday Service.

The prelate lamented the waste of innocent bloods in the land and asked the priests to be wise, security conscious and prayerful to salvage the land from monsters who have determined to cause havoc and fear in the society.

Diocesan President, Mothers Union and Girls Guild, Mrs. Martha Chioma Ibezim reports further that the service attracted all the priest’s in the Seventeen Archdeaconries that made up Awka Diocese for re-newal of their ordination vows and washing of their feet by Archbishop Alexander Ibezim.

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Washing of feets, blessings of oils by Most Reverend Ibezim and series of prayers for security operatives were the highlight of the service attended by the President of Anglican women ministry in the Province of the Niger and diocese of Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim among others.

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