The Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross today celebrated the Eucharistic Golden Jubilee to mark its 50th anniversary, under the theme “Jesus the Way the Truth and the Life.”
And President Michael Sata led high level government figures and other dignitaries such as First Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Cabinet Ministers, U.S Queen Elizabeth’s representative amongst others to grace the occasion.
And Anglican Lusaka Diocese Bishop David Njovu says t the cathedral Church which is the mother church holds a special place in many people’s hearts.
Mr. Sata in his official speech said that the country needs more priests in the church to spread the word of the Almighty God who came for the sinful and not the righteous.
He stated that government commends the Anglican Church for being instrumental throughout the ( past ) decades in signifying the life of the nation and the lives of ordinary Zambians.
Mr. Sata explained that as a result of this , Zambia was today a rare oasis of peace. He consequently reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring that spiritual guidance is enhanced in the country.
The Republican President further observed that without spiritual guidance, state affairs will be ineffective and therefore, the need to support the church.
He called on the church to help in curbing depraved practices such as corruption, misuse of public funds, Gender Based Violence amongst others.
President Sata has further urged the church to fight all these practices which are an act of self-centredness and encouraged youths to embrace Christian values.
He extended his congratulations and warm wishes to the church of the Silver jubilee . He appealed to Zambians to preserve icon structures such as the cathedral and restated that government will knock on the door of the church seeking guidance on all matters pertaining to national development.
Meanwhile, Anglican Lusaka Diocese Bishop David Njovu said the cathedral which is the mother church holds a special place in many people’s hearts and is special because this is the 1st day the president is performing his duties as the republican president to officiate in the cathedral.
Mr. Njovu stated that the cathedral is a place of prayer and reconciliation which signifies national unity, peace and oneness of purpose.
He explained that the cathedral is a place where the country gives thanks to God for the many blessings in the country adding that it is also a place where believers petition God during difficult and trying times such as funeral services.
Over the decades, the cathedral has continued to play a central role in Zambia’s spiritual affaires, has been used for national thanks giving services, in guiding the nation and is a symbol of Christ’s lordship over Zambia which has now become even more significant with the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.