St. Mary’s Catholic church Afikpo has emerged overall champion in the 2019 Catholic Diocese of Abakalili Diocesan Choir competition which took place at St. Augustine’s Seminary School Ezzamgbo last Saturday.
Citizens’ Advocate, reports that the pro-Cathedral breaked the Jinx to win the trophy in group “A” since inception of the diocesan competition .
St. Patrick’s Eziulo got first position in group “B” category while St. Molumbas’ Parish Azuiyokwu won the first position in group “C” and St. Theresas’ Cathedral Abakaliki got 2nd position in group A.
9 Parishes , three from each zone participated in the competition. There are, St. Theresas’ Cathedral Abakaliki, St. Mary’s pro Cathedral Afikpo, Assumption Catholic parish Abina Ikwo, St Molumbas’ Parish Azuiyokwu, St. Patrick’s Ezziulo, St. Steven Iziogo, St. Patrick’s Afikpo, Queen of Apostles Ohauzara and St. Charles Nsukara.
Speaking during the Competition, Rev. Fr.Daniel Ofuluzor , Chairman Diocesan liturgy and music commission thanked God for making the competition which had started the parish level to end successfully.
He noted that Singing is part and parcel of religion “you have to sing to the lord in worship, When you are singing, you are doing two things at same time as st. Augustine said that he who sings prayers twice. So really is very important that is why we do this”.
According to him, The Choirs, Mass Servers, Lay Readers and Church Wardens are strictly attached to the Eucharist hence were their blessings comes from and they are taken care of by the parish council.
Cathedral choir leader, Mr. Peter Oke ( Uncle P) expressed Joy that Ebonyi South won the trophy for the first time since the Diocesan Competition started and encourage them to keep the candle burning.
Leader of the overall winner Mr.Henry Ezeora described the success as a result of hardwork, pointing that the Choiresters never relented from the beginning of the competition throughout the parish level till the final competition.
He advocated for training and retraining of Choirseters in the Cathedral from their different Parishes.#