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Religion of Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Source: Ernest Senanu Dovlo

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church celebrates ‘Christ the king’

Parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at Maame Krobo in the Donkorkrom Apostolic Vicariate on Sunday, November 26 marked the feast of Christ the king in Assenyaso with a devotion to emulate Christ.

On the Feast of Christ the King, Catholics celebrate the full authority of Christ as King and Lord of the universe. It is celebrated on the last Sunday of the Ordinary Time or the Sunday before Advent.

Mr. Paul Aboagye who spoke on the theme “We are stewards of the King's creation” called on the parishioners to be responsible in their various communities, take good care of their surroundings and avoid practices that destroy the environment.

The climax of the three-day event was the celebration of Holy Mass of the Christ the king which was marked by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the Assenyaso town.

For his part, Rev. Fr. Stephen Kofi Sakpaku, Parish Priest of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church encouraged the faithful to emulate the examples of Jesus the king who is humble, peaceful and loving.

The reagent of Assenyaso, Nana Boamah praised the parishioners for a well planned programme.

He called on the faithful to remain steadfast to their faith.

An appeal for fund was made to support the renovation works at Forifori Prison Camp in the District.

In attendance were Fr. Peter Dadzie, Holy Spirit sisters from Kwasi Fante, the chief and elders of Assenyaso and parishioners of the St. Joseph the worker parish.



Background

The three day celebration which started on Friday 24th November and ended Sunday 26th November was under theme: "We are stewards of the King's creation".

The parishioners went through series of spiritual and social programs as caretakers reflecting the image of the king who are to take care of God's creation.

Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church, in his encyclical Quas Primas.

He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism throughout much of Europe.

At the time of Quas Primas, many Christians (including Catholics) began to doubt Christ's authority and existence, as well as the Church's power to continue Christ's authority. Hence, the need for the feast.

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