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Lagos Mainland Diocese celebrates Easter with special cantata


Rev. Akinpelu Johnson

To bring the joy of Easter to all Christians, the Diocesan Choir of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos Mainland, recently held a special Easter Cantata to celebrate Christ’s timeless sacrifice for humanity.

The event, held at the Cathedral of St. Jude, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, featured a 250–member choir accompanied by a 40-man orchestra organ with top soloists directed by Sir Emeka Nwokedi.

Speaking after the performance, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Akinpelu Johnson said the concert was part of activities to celebrate Easter, while also using the occasion to preach Christ with music.

He said: “The songs rendered are appealing to the soul. Our aim is to shore up people’s faith with the programme. We will continue to worship with music because I don’t know how you want to make it to heaven without music. Music is very important for us in this diocese, and we hope to have more opportunities to enjoy it more.”

Commending Sir Nwokedi for the wonderful performance, the Bishop said the diocese would continue to invest in music.

The music director told The Guardian that the concert dwelt largely on George F. Handel’s Messiah, noting that the highly classical music featured a section that dealt extensively with the passion of Christ, His death and resurrection.

“All these songs were taken from Bible passages and paraphrase into music,” he said.

He explained that the Bishop’s aim was to develop music to highest attainable in the country, as well as empower youths through music.

He said the bishop was also thinking of establishing a music school in the diocese to ensure that many young people benefit.

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