6.3 C
New York
Monday, February 26, 2024
HomeChurch and MinistryAnglicans Gather Massively in Suva to Install Archbishop of Polynesia

Anglicans Gather Massively in Suva to Install Archbishop of Polynesia

Suva, Fiji – Holy Trinity Cathedral was filled with over a thousand Anglican worshippers on Saturday, March 11th, as they joined in the Eucharistic celebration and showed their support for the Most Reverend Sione Uluilakepa’s ordination and installation as Bishop of Polynesia.

The occasion was made even more special by the presence of Archbishop Don Tamihere and Archbishop Philip Richardson, who travelled from New Zealand to lead the ordination service.

Archbishop Philip Richardson, in a statement, recounted his experience on Saturday during the ordination. He said; “I think that amongst all the enthusiasm and variety of the celebration, the spirit of today’s event was a sense of settled joy, a contentment to have oversight back within the Diocese itself, to have a son of Polynesia as their shepherd once more.”

The Diocese of Polynesia has remained under the guidance of Aotearoa New Zealand Archbishops, who also graced the occasion and were grateful for their oversight. Those present at Holy Trinity Cathedral to support Archbishop Sione were British High Commissioner to Fiji Brian Jones, General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches Rev James Bhagwan, Catholic Archbishop of Fiji Most Rev Peter Loy Chong, Anglican Archbishop of Melanesia Most Rev Leonard Dawea and Archbishop of Adelaide and Primate of Australia Most Rev Geoffrey Smith.

Archbishop Geoffrey Smith was present to honour and affirm his Church’s long standing relationships with the Church in these islands,

“I came because this relationship with Polynesia and Aotearoa New Zealand is very important to us.”

According to Archbishop Geoff, he was mesmerised by the beauty of worship on Archbishop Sione’s big day, which he found exceptional,

“It was a great event. The choir was fabulous, they filled the streets and the bay with their sound. Another highlight was the children of St Christopher’s singing during communion. The quality of their singing was just beautiful – the harmonies, the strength of their sound, they were a well-oiled machine.”

The service began with a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony, which included the presentation of mats and gifts to Bishop Uluilakepa. The congregation then joined in hymns and prayers, as they celebrated the new bishop’s appointment and prayed for his ministry. His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Katonivere and his wife Madam Filomena Katonivere attended as guests of honour.Holy Trinity Cathedral was filled with over a thousand Anglican worshippers on Saturday, March 11th, as they joined in the Eucharistic celebration and showed their support for the Most Reverend Sione Uluilakepa’s ordination and installation as Bishop of Polynesia.

Reverend Sione Uluilakepa’s appointment as Bishop of Polynesia represents a significant moment for the Anglican Church in the Pacific. With the support of his fellow Anglicans, Bishop Uluilakepa is poised to lead the Diocese of Polynesia with wisdom and grace, and to serve as an inspiration to all those who seek to build a better world through faith and service.

------------------------------------------------
Some publications on our website comes from Third Party content suppliers, if you notice any Copyright Infringement, please contact us immediately to request removal. To Contact Us or to Submit an Article, click here.
----
Unless otherwise specified, the news and opinions expressed are solely the source's and author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Mail.


VIDEO on Demand | LIVE TV | The Christian Mail


Like us on Facebook


WHAT DO YOU THINK?

- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?


If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "

If you still have questions , click here to Contact Us, we are here to help


Click here to Follow us: & The Christian Mail on facebook





RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here