Recommit yourself to the mission of proclaiming the good news – Akufo-Addo tells Anglicans

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the leadership and membership of the Anglican church to recommit themselves to the mission of proclaiming the Good News.

He made the call at the lunch of the 130th Anniversary celebration of the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, under the theme: “130 years of God’s goodness” (1894-2024).

The Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity in 1894

President Akufo-Addo said “As we celebrate the achievements of the past let us also look at the future with hope and anticipation. May this anniversary serve as a reminder of our joint responsibility to preserve and cherish the heritage that has been entrusted to us ensuring that future generations will continue to benefit from the blessings of this sacred place.”

He added that, “In the coming months as we commemorate this milestone with various events and activities, let us come together as a community to celebrate the rich tapestry of our faith and history. Let us recommit ourselves to the mission of the church to proclaim the Good News, to serve those in need, and to be examples of hope and healing in a world that is often dying and divided.”

The President stated that, “The longevity of this church is truly a testament of the enduring faith, resilience, and the dedication of this congregation. As the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates its 130th anniversary as a parish church, I commend the entire Anglican communion for the role it has played in our national life. The cathedral was formerly dedicated as a church in 1894 and since then played a leading part in national life. The theme of the celebration, 130 years of God’s goodness recalls the countless blessings that has been bestowed upon this cathedral and its faithful community since its inception, and more than a century the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity has stood as a beacon of hope, a citadel of compassion and tolerance, a sanctuary of prayer and a symbol of God’s abiding presence in our midst.”

The Cathedral now.

The Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, which dominates the waterfront skyline and commands a view above the Atlantic Ocean in Accra is an Anglican church in Accra, Ghana.

Built in 1894 by the British during their era of great maritime exploration, the then governor of the Gold Coast, Sir William Brandford Griffith, was deeply touched by the boundless enthusiasm of Anglicans to find a permanent place of worship rather than attend church service on Sundays in the castle of Osu, the seat of the governor of the Gold Coast.

Since the funding was beyond the reach of the indigenous people, the Governor requested a suitable place of worship for the Anglicans in the Gold Coast and by the Grace of God his request was successful.

Following its completion in 1894, the church served as the centre of worship for the Anglican colonial expatriates of the European Chartered companies and played a significant role in the spiritual life of the indigenous people and till date represents a glimmer of hope for the community of James Town and Ghana at Large. It depicts the continuing history of European African encounters over thirteen decades.

The Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Rev’d, Samuel L. Lamptey, in his exhortation admonished the church that to enjoy the goodness of God, we must accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior, live for God, and Christ by obeying his commandments, and earnestly seeking the Lord in prayer. This he said is the only way by which the goodness of God could be bestowed upon us.

The launch of the 130th-anniversary celebration catalyzes a host of celebrations that are to follow within the ensuing months.

By Desmond Uriel Quaye (Rev’d)