By Dominique Morfaw
Some 175 candidates received the Sacraments of initiation at the St Joseph Anglophone Parish Mvog-Ada on Sunday, June 8, 2008. Thirty (30) candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation, while 145 received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, Mgr Joseph Essomba, presided at the solemn High Mass that was celebrated on the occasion with the two assistant Parish Priests, Fathers Stephen Ihejirika and Parfait Michel Ahanda, concelebrating.
Given the importance of the sacraments in the life of the faithful, most of the communicants and their family members were in Church as early as 8 am. By 9 am when the Eucharistic proper began, every available space in the church had already been taken up. Hundreds of guests from other parishes equally turned out for the event.
The Mass was animated by the Lamso Choir, while the lectionary procession was done by the Young Christian group. During his homily, Mgr Joseph Akonga tested candidates' level of comprehension by asking on the day's readings as well as their knowledge on the Church's seven sacraments. He however, laid emphasis on the Sacrament of Confirmation, highlighting most especially, the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The exercise was aimed at instructing not only the communicants, but the entire congregation, on the importance and the role the sacraments play in the life of Christians. The June 8th celebrations were a conclusion to doctrinal activities which have taken two years for the 80 catecumens who were baptised on Saturday, June 7 and one year for the first communicants and confirmed candidates.
Through a special offertory procession, the newly baptised and confirmed communicants expressed their joy through dancing and the quality of gifts they presented to the Lord. They were accompanied by their parents, friends, family members and godparents. The end of the Eucharistic celebration inaugurated the second phase of ceremony, which consisted of the taking of photos to immortalise the event and feasting in different homes. All that Christians are expected to do now, is to pray for these newly initiated to permit them have a fulfilling Christian life.