Anglican Church ordains five into priesthood
| Updated Dec 06, 2017 at 6:45am
Photographs by Isaac Asare/GBCONLINE.
The Anglican Diocese of Tamale under the leadership of Rt. Reverend Dr. Jacob Ayeebo has ordained five newly trained ministers into priesthood.
At a packed service held at the St Johns Anglican Church at Yelwoko in the Upper East Region, Rt. Rev Ayeebo challenged the clergy to remain courageous and stand by the biblical principles to expose the social ills of the country.
He observed that the high level of lawlessness coupled with the blatant misuse of state resources among other immoral acts requires the support of the clergy in dealing with such social issues aside evangelism.
Correspondent Isaac Asare witnessed the ceremony and filed the following report for Radio Ghana.
The ceremony to usher in the five newest ordinances in the Anglican Communion was held under the distinguished patronage of the Episcopal Diocesan Bishop of Oklahoma in the United States, Rt. Rev Dr Edward Koniecryn.
Also in attendance were priests and archdeacons drawn from the various parishes and secretariats.
Members of other sister churches were also present to grace the joyous activity.
The occasion was marked with processional hymns and song ministration by the church choir including the praise and worship teams.
In a brief sermon, the Anglican Diocesan Bishop of Tamale Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob Ayeebo bemoaned the era where the church and the clergy, particularly those in the orthodox fraternity have allowed themselves to be swayed by palpable falsehood.
He was mainly concerned about the activities of false teachers who are bent on distorting the truth in order to draw Christ believers into their fold.
He said unfortunately many had fallen prey to their activities because they do not have time to study the scriptures.
Rt Rev. Ayeebo therefore charged the clergy to prioritize sound doctrine and lead dignified lives worthy of emulation.
Performing the ordination, Rt. Rev. Ayeebo further entreated the clergy to redirect their energies into tackling issues that border on the socio-economic and moral lives of the people.
He noted that the rise in bribery and corruption, as well as indiscipline among other social vices calls for concerted effort by the clergy to consider exposing such negativities while exercising their religious mandate.
The five newly ordained priests were later sworn into office under the canonical oath of obedience authorised by the Church of the Province of West Africa.
The priests are Rev Albert Atibila, Rev. David Akurikiya, Rev. Michael Awini, Rev. Timothy Ayeebo and Rev. Wisdom Asuuga.
These Ministers of God are challenged with the responsibility of taking their congregation and unbelievers through the journey of evangelism.
Prayers were said for the priests and the nation as they kneel and lie to receive the liturgy.