By Regina Igwebuike
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), May 24, 2021 (MOI) Christians World-wide commemorate the beginning of the Church, its mission to all peoples.
The Church began in the collective outburst of Pentecostalism recorded in the Acts of Apostles, with the disciples overwhelmed by what sounded like a gale force wind.
The force released them into strange tongues, so ecstatically that bystanders assumed they were drunk.
Pentecost, a Greek word derived from the 50th day from the Passover.
In a homily at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia to mark the event, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Obiekezie, Parish Vicar said that Pentecost was a day that Christians commemorate the spectacular eruption that gave birth to the Church.
Fr. Obiekezie explained that it was a day that Christians remember the countless ways in which the Holy Spirit shaped the Church as an institution and ourselves as individuals.
According to him, Pentecost occupies a very important position in the liturgical calendar and Church’s life as it marked the beginning of the church missionary endeavour.
“Holy Spirit gives birth to the Church; shapes the church and enables us to stand against evil.’’
The cleric emphasised that the Holy Spirit empowered the Christians to make its followers strong Christians and soldiers of Christ, proclaiming to the world that Jesus is Lord.
He said that the Jews celebrate three big feasts; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacle, which attract people from all walks of life.
Fr. Obiekezie said that the gift of the Holy Spirit enjoined Christians to go out into the world to heal it, love it and care for it.
He noted that we encounter the Holy Spirit through prayers, proclamation of Word of God, administration of Sacraments, especially Baptism, Confirmation and reception of Holy Eucharist.
He prayed that the Holy Spirit might reveal to us more abundantly the hidden mystery of this sacrifice and graciously lead us into all truth.
The vicar also prayed that the wondrous flame that appeared above the apostles might powerfully cleanse our hearts from every evil and pervade them with its purifying light.
Lady MMC Odilatu Parish Female Catechist prayed to God to break the stubborn nature of men, melt their strong hearts with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (MOI)