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Church of Nigeria honors The Episcopal Church

Church of Nigeria honors The Episcopal Church

The Church of Nigeria General Synod met in late June. The program included a Renewal of Ordination Vows (from TEC’s Book of Occasional Services), and a Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant from The Episcopal Church 1979 Book of Common Prayer. It is especially heart warming for another province to join us in the embrace of the baptismal covenant as historic, orthodox and a pillar of our expression of belief.

Check out the program here (Word doc).

In other news, Archbishop Okoh continues to burnish his bona fides. The Church of Nigeria now has posted its own report on Okoh’s call to the government to pull out of the UN.

Celebrant : Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and

fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the


People : I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant : Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever

you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People : I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant : Will you proclaim by word and example the Good

News of God in Christ?

People : I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant : Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving

your neighbor as yourself?

People : I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant : Will you strive for justice and peace among all

people, and respect the dignity of every human


People : I will, with God’s help.


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Jesse Zink

As I read this programme, it is the diocesan synod meeting for the Diocese of Abuja. That is the primatial see, which is why Archbishop Okoh was in charge. But it’s not the whole church. Kind of like having Rowan Williams preside at Canterbury’s annual synod.

The covenant used in the service is identical to the one in the latest Nigerian Book of Common Prayer, which came out in 2009 (I think), one of Archbishop Akinola’s last projects.

-Jesse Zink

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