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The Right Revd S. P. Prakash Metropolitan of Anglican Church of India consecrated Bishop-elect Rt. Rev Santosh Sagar
Diocese of Hoshangabad – India
At St. Luke’s Church, Jalandhar Cantonment
On 27th October, 2002

The Most Rt. Rev S.P. Prakash consecrating Bishop-Elect Rt Rev Santosh Sagar. (From Left to Right) Bishop-elect Rt Rev Santosh Sagar, The Rt Rev M. Elengical. The Most Rt Rev S.P. Prakash and Rt Rev Babu Masih.   Bishop-elect Rt Rev Santosh Sagar is being blessed after consecration by (from Left to right) Rt Rev M. Elengical, The Most Rt Rev S.P. Prakash and Rt Rev Babu Masih

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.” The Holy Bible Proverbs 3: 3-4

The Holy Orders bishops, priests and deacons are usually refers to the major orders of the ministry in the Anglican and Orthodox Episcopal church. Admission to the Holy Orders is by ordination or consecration, the important ceremony being the laying on of hands on the candidate-elect.

By the Divine permission The Right Revd S. P. Prakash, Metropolitan of Anglican Church of India has consecrated Bishop-elect Rt. Rev Santosh Sagar, Diocese of Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh at St. Luke’s Church, The Mall, Jalandhar Cantonment, Panjab on 27th October, 2002. The other two Bishops joined hands with Metropolitan of Anglican Church of India in this sacred consecration prayer service and blessed the newly elected Bishop are Rt. Rev M. Elenglical, retiring Bishop of Diocese of Hoshangabad and The Rt. Rev Babu Masih, Bishop of Amritsar Diocese, Anglican Church of India (CIPBC).

Bishop-elect Rt. Rev Santosh Sagar is the third Bishop who has been consecrated in St. Luke’s Church, Jalandhar Cantonment. Before it firstly The Rt. Rev Babu Masih, Bishop of Amritsar Diocese was consecrated in this Church on 6th April, 1987. The second Rt. Rev. Ranganadhan, Bishop of Bombay was consecrated on 26th April, 1987 in the very same Church. It is the history of St. Luke’s Church which can not be changed. Communities who forget their history and heritage can not survive in future.

St. Luke’s Church, The Mall, Jalandhar cantonment is a historical Church and great Christian heritage to preserve in the near future at all cost. It was built and consecrated on 16th January, 1857 by Thomas Bishop of Madras officiating for and by the Daniel Lord, Bishop of Calcutta, Metropolitan of India at Jullundur. The year 1857 carries a great significance in the Indian history when all the Indian rulers revolted against the then mighty Anglican Great Britain. This revolt was crushed with iron fist. Thus this British Church was born out of military and political crisis in India.

But alas! Today in Great Britain one Church is being closed every week. According to CAPEL, the Chapels Heritage Society, Welsh Chapels are closing at an alarming rate of one per week. After the Act of Toleration of 1689, Nonconformity gathered momentum and Chapel-building spread. By the end of the eighteenth century, over a hundred new Chapels had sprung up in Wales. During the first fifty years of the nineteenth century, a Chapel was completed there every eight days. Hallelujah! By 1851, some 2800 Chapels existed throughout the countryside. Ultimately, Welsh Nonconformists built some 5000 Chapels within about 250 years. During this period God of Israel blessed Great Britain abundantly and let them rule two third of the world and sun never set in British regime. But after the World War II the Great Britain turned away from its living God of Israel and committed sins which its God forbade them. Thus they earned the wrath of God of Israel. Today’s survey reveals that by 2010 white Britons will become in minority in their own country U.K. without fighting any war or facing any famine. “Majority of white Britons want to leave country” this news published in Indian newspapers in August this year has astonished the Asians. Biblically if we think, really God is going to uproot them, to those whom He made mighty for centuries to rule the world and we Asians Anglicans are their spiritual children. My grandfather fought World War I abroad in 1914 in British Royal Army for U.K.’s physical survival and he won Princess Marry Gift 1914. Today God of Israel has chosen me to fight for the Spiritual survival of Great Britain, which I am fighting back as international media missionary.

To much add to the woes of the Church of England, its outgoing Anglican spiritual leader Archbishop of Canterybury George Carey’s statements on the spirituality in the past have been storm in the eye. I have countered them Biblically through my writings. Again newly elect Archbishop of Canterbury Rown Williams already is caught in a conflict – between what he believes and what the Anglican Communion teaches on homosexuality. On 27th February, 2003 he is going to assume his post as the new spiritual leader of the world’s 70 million Anglicans in England.

But conservative evangelicals have not waited for Archbishop William’s official installation to go after him on the issue of sexuality. They have demanded he affirm traditional Church teachings, which forbids sex outside of marriage, and that he promise not to ordain those who fail to conform. This is what our Diocese of Amritsar, Anglican Church of India (CIPBC) demands and proclaims in India. May God grant them spiritual wisdom.

God bless you all!

By Rev Isaac Newton Johnson Click here

The above article published on 15th November, 2002 issue of Masihi Sansar (Christian World) newspaper. Freddi Joseph, Chief Editor “Masihi Sansar” (Christian World) Newspaper, Lamba Pind, Jalandar, India.

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