BISHOP ONAH'S MESSAGE AT CHRIST THE KING

By Matthew O. Eze.



The catholic bishop of Nsukka diocese Most Rev. Godfrey Onah has, during this year's Christ the King, celebration called on Nigeria political leaders to emulate Christ's leadership style in the discharge of their leadership duties.

According to him, the people of Israel had so many Kings in history but David was the greatest of all, explaining that what made David the greatest was because he was a leader who always stood by his people in moments of joy and sorrow. He said that David, even as the king, rejoiced with his followers and also suffered with them but that the difference between Jesus and David as kings is that while Jesus died for his people on the cross to redeem them, David could not do that in spite of his love for his people.

He, therefore, enjoyed Nigerian leaders, especially political leaders, to imitate the leadership style of Jesus Christ by being ready not only to suffer with their subjects as David did, but also to be willing, at all times, to offer their lives for the sake of those entrusted to their care. The Father Bishop expressed his appreciation to all those who participated actively in the Christ the king celebration, especially the Bishop Emeritus Francis Okobo who despised his health status and advancement in age to attend the event.

The event ended with a procession which started from St. Theresa's College, Nsukka, through Enugu road along total fuel station down to the Cathedral premise. It might interest you to know that the feast of Christ the king which can also be called the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ - king of the universe is a feast celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honour of Jesus as Lord over all creations. It was established by Pope Pius XI in the year, 1925. Originally, it was celebrated on the last Sunday of the month of October, but in the revised Liturgical calendar promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969, it was moved to the last Sunday of ordinary time (immediately preceding Advent) in the Catholic tradition.

In the Nigeria Liturgical calendar, the Solemnity of Christ the king is celebrated in conjunction with corpus Christ procession which unusually comes up in June according to the universal Ecclesiastical calendar. The Catholic Church shifted the corpus Christ procession from June to the feast of Christ the king due to the rainy nature of the season.

As usual this year's edition like the previous ones celebrated in the past in Nsukka Diocese, witnessed a large turnout of Catholic faithful who came from within and outside the St. Theresa's Parish. There were music, dancing and jubilation from different band and cultural groups to add colour to the event.


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