By Ronald Kabuye
The world leader of the Evangelical Orthodox Church EOC (antiochian Eastern Catholic rite) to which Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka subscribes to, Patriarch Bishop Jerold Gliege has come out strong on those who claim to be the sole owners of the liturgical garments (vestments).
Patriarch Jerold said that liturgical vestments have been and are still the traditional garments of the church since they symbolize baptism,the Kingdom of God, building of the yoke of Christ and that they (priests) are the Shepard of the flocks.
He thus said its not proper and biblical for one church to claim ownership of the biblical vestments.
It should be recalled that early this year, the Uganda Catholic lawyers society on behalf of Roman Catholic Church filed a suite seeking to stop the EOC church in particular Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka from singing the divine liturgy in what they termed as Roman Catholic vestments however their attempts were futile after the director of public prosecution withdrawn the charges.
Patriarch Jerold also said their church places it’s self firmly in the Apostolic Faith thus urging those who doubt them to test them.
” An Apostolic faith calls for Trinitirical doctrine, perceives Jesus in both humanity and divinity, stand on issues of morality, marriage, sexuality, love for mankind and humanitarianism and that’s what we stand for and yes we are sect as much as other churches are to some extent after all the only church is Jesus Christ.
We shall stand with any church that observes trinitirical baptism and faith and we offer communion to all who wish” said patriarch Jerold
Patriarch Jerold further said his mission coming to Africa is to build a solid church filled with humanitarian love and care for all and Jesus Christ, that believes that Jesus has the power to heal people from all their sins, addictions and bandages.
Furthermore He expressed dismay over the rampant greedy for wealth and power that has over shadowed the love for one and another and for Jesus Christ thus appealing to everyone to spread the love message across the world.
He made remarks while at mama Maria prayer centre in Kagumu, Kibuku district in eastern Uganda.
Among other things, patriarch Jerold is scheduled to meet president Museveni, hold a meeting with all the EOC clergy in the country and leading the divine liturgy at Mamre international prayer Centre Namugongo Janda on Sunday.
He will then head to Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Cameroon as also part of his pastoral visit to Africa.