PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF REV. FR., AGUSTINE COKER
What is Priestly Ordination? The Rite of Ordination is what "makes" a man a priest. The Rite of Ordination occurs within the context of Holy Mass. After being called forward and presented to the assembly, the candidate is questioned and promises to diligently perform the duties of the priesthood and to respect and obey his Ordinary which could be the bishop (in the case of diocesan priests) or superior for those in religious orders, congregations or other societies of apostolic life. Then the candidate lies prostrate before the altar, while the assembled faithful kneel and pray for the help of all the saints by singing the Litany of the Saints. The essential part of the rite is when the bishop silently lays his hands upon the candidate (followed by all priests present), before offering the consecratory prayer, addressed to God the Father, invoking the power of the Holy Spirit upon the man being ordained.
[cf. Article No. 26 of what is priestly ordination? (Published in the Bulletin of August 9, 2015]
On 6th/12/2019, Rev. Augustine Coker was ordained a Catholic priest in his home parish at Saint Kizito�s Parish in Panguma. Below are photos of his priestly ordination by His Excellency Most Rev. Henry Aruna, Bishop of Kenema.