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Anglican priest bans funerals on Sunday

Posted on: September 5, 2013 12:45 PM
The Revd Okello has said families will have to wait until Monday for burial
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By Fred Ogwang, New Vision

To bury or not to bury the dead on Sunday is the latest bone of contention in a little known Anglican church in Amolatar district.

Fed up with the constant interruption of his Sunday church routine by one funeral after another, Revd Levi Okello of St Luke’s Church of Uganda, Chakwara in Awelo Archdeaconry in Lira Diocese has said he will no longer preside over funerals on Sunday.

This announcement in effect bans the practice in the cleric’s area of jurisdiction.

Okello made the proclamation recently at the burial of Sam Ogwang, a resident of Okuruwie village in Etam sub-county.

The deceased drowned in Lake Kwania after his boat capsized during a fishing expedition gone wrong.

Sad as the moment was, Okello said the practice of burying the dead on Sunday has been affecting church programmes, like fund-raising activities fellowships and baptism services among others.

“Today has marked the end of presiding over a burial service on the Sabbath [Sunday]. Sorry if you die thinking that the church will bury you on Sunday,” he said.

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