70 believers receive confirmation to Anglican Church

About 70 Christians from four Parishes in Juba were conferred with the Holy Sacrament of confirmation on Sunday at St. Peter the Apostle church in Munuki Archdeaconry.
Archbishop and Primate, Most Rev. Dr. Justin Badi Arama, (left) and his Assistant Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jackson Aripa George (right) conferring believers with holy sacrament at St. Peter the Apostle in Juba (Photo by Mayang Gabriel)

By Awan Achiek

About 70 Christians from four Parishes in Juba were conferred with the Holy Sacrament of confirmation on Sunday at St. Peter the Apostle church in Munuki Archdeaconry.

The confirmation was performed by the Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS), Most Rev. Dr. Justin Badi Arama together with his Assistant Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jackson Aripa George.

The believers were drawn from St. Paul Parish, St. Mark Parish, St. Andrew Parish and St. Peter the Apostle.

While presiding over the confirmation service, Dr. Arama appealed to believers to accept and utilize the gifts of the holy sacrament of confirmation as instituted by Jesus Christ.

“The confirmation that has been performed to you today, you have become a full member of the Anglican Communion throughout the world,” said Dr. Arama.

He urged the confirmed youth to be faithful and hardworking as they serve God in order to be successful in life.

“You have been introduced into the fellowship of the communion as believers in the Anglican Church of South Sudan, and so this is your church where you will serve the Lord,” Arama said.

He asked the believers to be strong in faith in order to be able to overcome challenges ahead of them.

“It is a long journey and therefore, you need to be strong, on the way you will get a lot of challenges which will be brought by Satan and the people but be firm and faithful to the end,” Arama said.

As a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ, Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the recipient.

The recipient must have been baptized at 12 years old.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit include wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.

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