By Juliana Taiwo
[Naija News] Eight priests and seven deacons were ordained recently by the Bishop of Ijebu Diocese, Anglican Communion, the Rt Revd Professor Akinyele Omoyajowo.
The ceremony which was part of activities to mark the silver jubilee of the diocese took place at Emmanuel Church, Italupe Ijebu Ode.
In his charge to the priests, Bishop Omoyajowo enjoined them to adhere strictly to the 39 articles of the Christian faith which include the belief in the sonship, Lordship and messiahship of Jesus Christ as well as evangelising their communities through the teaching and preaching of biblical injunctions and also through being embodiments of Christian character.
In his sermon, Venerable E B Abiala who also co-ordinated the three days retreat for the ordained priests told the ministers that they were called to serve and not lord themselves over their congregation. Their mission was to preach the ministry of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ and to bring the world back to God.
Nigerians he said needed Christ more than ever because of their social and moral bankruptcy. Dignitaries from all walks of life graced the occasion. They included the wife of the Diocesan, Mrs Adenike Omoyajowo who co-ordinated the wives of the new clergies as chairperson of the diocese women's wing, Venerable Sunday Oyinlola, archdeacon, Ijebu West Alekun archdeaconry, Justice Mabogunje (rtd) the chancellor of the diocese and Barrister Ogunyemi the diocesan registrar.