St. John’s the Baptist Catholic, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State was filled to capacity on the evening of Thursday, January 20, 2021, for the Vigil Mass in honour of late Anthony Chimaobim Mkpado, also known as Let Us Pray.
In a brief homily, the Parish Priest of The Church of Transfiguration Catholic Church, Nni-ugbo, Rev. Fr. Charles Egwuenu stated that death is inevitable, enjoining the congregation to live a good life to be remembered saying that for no one knows the day of his or her death.
The homilist said that death is closer to all as such everyone should be prepared, saying that for those who die in Christ, death is not an end, but the beginning of another life with God. The cleric lamented the demise of late Mkpado who according to him has answered his call of death, as he has finished his work here and it pleased God to call him.
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The Priest admonished all to take cognizance of the fact that nobody knows who would be next as it is only God that knows all. He then encouraged the family of the deceased to be steadfast in serving God, as he prayed to God to protect them.
The Vigil Mass was attended by a large number of Priests from Issele-Uku Diocese and beyond
According to Mkpado’s funeral arrangement, his remains will be laid to rest at his hometown in Ikpa, Isiokpo in Ideato North LGA, Imo State on Friday, January 28, 2021, after a funeral mass to be held in his honour at St. John’s Catholic Church, Isiokpo which will be followed by a reception.
It would be recalled that late Mkpado was brutally murdered by unknown armed men that stormed his residence in the early hours of Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
The deceased aged 59 was a well-known committed member of the Charismatic Renewal of St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor who no doubt will be missed greatly for his commitment even across the Issele-Uku Diocese and beyond.
By Patrick Gbuchanye