By Chimezie Uzonwanne
The auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Denis Chidi Isizoh has encouraged the faithful to form the habit of praying regularly for their priests, saying that such prayers goes a long way in strengthening the priests in the discharge of their priestly functions.
Celebrating Chrism mass for Nnobi region of Onitsha Archdiocese on 31st day of March 2021, the prelate made this call at Holy Family Catholic Church Umuoji. The prelate further stated that Chrism mass is of very high significance in the history of Catholic Church because there the priests renew their priestly promises and oils are blessed which will be used for the next one year by priests in the discharge of their work as priests including, the oil of chrism, oil of cathecumen and oil of the sick. In his homily, Bishop Isizoh reminded the priests that they did not choose themselves, but chosen by God and as such should always put in their best effort to put into practice the role which dignifies the vocation and glorify God.
Bishop Isizoh further said that the occasion also sees the faithful contribute money, food items etc to support the work of evangelization which is called Cathedraticum and which is shared among the people of God because its not necessarily meant for consumption by the Bishop. Bishop Isizoh urged the faithful to always pray for the priests recognizing the work of priesthood as a difficult one and which can only be made simple through prayers.
Speaking after the event, the episcopal vicar Nnobi region, Very Rev. Fr. Johnbosco Ezika expressed gratitude and satisfaction for the success of the Chrism mass. Very Rev Fr. Johnbosco Ezika further adviced that Easter celebration is not just about eating, drinking and having fun but everybody should bear in mind the reason for the season, which is that Jesus christ was crucified for the sake of sins he never committed but for the sake of redeeming mankind and thus the reason for this should be a guiding principle for Christians in living their lives.