By Ronald Kabuye
The jurisdiction of the central and eastern provinces of Uganda in the Evangelical orthodox church EOC (eastern Catholic rite) led by Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka on Christmas and Boxing Day baptized, gave confirmation and the first holy Eucharist sacraments to a total of 99 children and adults.
58 were baptized by Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka at Mamre international prayer centre Namugongo Janda while 41 were baptized in Kiryadongo district by the Vicar general in EOC Rev. Father Innocent Lulangirwa and pastoral coordinator/ vicar mission Rev. Father Joseph Birungi.
Father Innocent Lulangirwa said baptism signifies the rebirth of people in Jesus Christ while the mission of Christmas is for Christians to receive Christ and take him to others.
“Baptism sacrament washes away both the human and inherited sins while the confirmation sacrament confirms one as God’s child and the sacrament of holy Eucharist cleanses us and bonds us with Jesus Christ since we take the blood and body of Jesus.” said Father Innocent Lulangirwa.
He also explained that during Baptism those being baptized face west because it’s believed that it’s where darkness is and after baptism they face east where light is believed to be given the fact that the three wise men who visited Jesus Christ after his birth came from the East.
The charismatic Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka explained that in the eastern rite churches they confer all the three sacraments at once because they are the sacraments of initiation.
He added that after being confirmed as a child of God, one must enjoy His fruits and goodness thus the holy
Commenting on as to why children are given the holy Eucharist, Bishop Kibuuka referred to the Bible.
“The Bible says let the children come to me because the kingdom of God belongs to them. Then who am I to send them away from the line of the Holy Eucharist.
Besides that, children are innocent and more holy than the adults.
Actually it’s children who pray for me and I encourage you parents to always request your children to pray for you because their prayers are prioritized by God” said Bishop Kibuuka.