Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Vice-President, Bishop Alick Banda, says men are ordained to priesthood in order to be at the service of God and his people.
Bishop Banda said this when he ordained eight deacons to priesthood in Ndola during the celebration of the feast of Transfiguration on 06th August 2015.
“Your ordination today is not about the development of your powers and gifts. It is not even an appointment to a functionary because you good at it,” Bishop Banda told the newly ordained priests.
Bishop further cautioned the newly ordained priests not to think that priesthood was about an allocation of power to individuals in the Church, neither is it for self realisation but that one becomes a priest in order to be on a mission for God’s work.
“The essential foundation of priestly ministry is [to have] a deeper relationship with a person of Jesus Christ. This is foundation of your priestly life. Once you are connected to Christ, you will live your priesthood well even in time of challenges,” Bishop Banda advised.
“People should see in a priest a man who knows Jesus Christ intimately; one who celebrates the sacraments and listens to the word of God” He added.
The ordination ceremony was also attended by Catholic Diocese of Solwezi Bishop Charles Kasonde.