Today, 30th July 2018, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka ordained, 9 deacons to the Priesthood. The beautiful celebration was held during Mass at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus. It was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Benjamin Phiri, Auxiliary Bishop of Chipata. The Bishop stood in for his Grace Dr. Alick Banda who had traveled to the Vatican to receive the Pallium from Pope Francis.
The 6000 seater Church was full to capacity as family,friends and well wishers came to witness this event. The atmosphere was charged as the the Mass began as the deacons to be ordained Rev. Deacon Bwalya Paul, Rev. Deacon Likumbi Collins, Rev. Deacon Maluma Lanchord, Rev. Deacon Kaoma Chembe Sydney, Rev. Deacon Mwila Canicious, Rev. Deacon Lushibashi David- SDB, Rev. Deacon Mwenya Gabriel- SDB, Rev. Deacon Chisanga Anthony Musonda- SVD and Rev. Deacon Mbukwa Lazarous where ushered in with His Grace Bishop Phiri. The Cathedral Administrator, Fr. Leonard Namuhumba ,then welcomed the Bishop and thanked him from coming to ordain the Deacons. The readings where then taken and the Gospel read.
The readings where then taken and the Gospel read.
His Grace than gave a powerful Homily in which he Exhorted the soon- to- be priests to live a life of prayer. He spoke to them about the challenges of Priesthood and the spirit of servant-hood that should never leave them. He addressed the congregation and asked them to help these young priest in their chosen vocation instead of destroying them. He spoke frankly that sins that are normally committed by Priests are with fellow Christians and asked the lay faithful not to offer Priests alcohol when they visit their homes.
His Grace did not end there, he challenged the women folk to keep there distance, as these soon-to-be priest are not candidates for marriage. He emphasized that there is no such thing as a ”holy Sin”. Sin committed with a Priest is still sin and since Priest are also human,it is up to the lay faithful to help them in their weakness and not join them in indulging in them.
Finally he address the parents and thanked them for giving their children as a gift to the church and to God. He then exhorted them not to take back that gift. He spoke on the pressures that a put on priests by parents to take care of them, pay their siblings School fees and so on. He emphasized that Priesthood was a vocation not a job and their children will not be getting salaries.
The Deacons then made their Vows.
The Bishop and his fellow Priest then lay hands on the Ordinants.
The Deacons where the vested by their Parish Priests.
The Ordinants hands where then anointed with the Holy oils and they where are given the Chalice and Paten to symbolize their new role in the Eucharist as ministers.
They where then congratulated by the Bishop, fellow Priests and Finally their parents.
The choir sung beautiful as Mass continued after the vows where made.
Mass came to an end with a final blessing from His Grace Bishop Phiri.
His Grace, after mass interacted with the lay Faithful as they talked to him and took photos.