THOUSANDS of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members will converge in Cebu City to witness the ordination of new ministers tomorrow, Jan. 2.
Cebu City has been chosen as one of the 15 remote sites for the ordination during a worship service officiated by INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, which will be held at the house of worship of the locale of Tondo in Manila.
The ordination will be beamed live to eight sites abroad and seven sites in the Philippines, including the INC house of worship on Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City.
There will be 46 candidates for ordination as new ministers of the Church, bringing to 636 the number of newly ordained ministers.
This is the seventh ordination held by the INC this year. The six ordinations were held twice in the INC Central house of worship in Quezon City on Jan. 2 and Feb. 13, once each in Tagbilaran City (April 17), General Santos City (May 29), San Francisco del Monte locale in Metro Manila (Sept. 4) and Bago Bantay locale also in Metro Manila (Sept. 18).
The INC members in the Cebu South district and nearby districts have been eagerly awaiting this momentous event as it will be the first time that the ordination will be beamed live to other areas since the Church emerged in the Philippines in 1914.
For most of the members who will be attending the event, this will be the first time they will witness an ordination.
In Cebu City, the ordination would be shown live on wide screen and 40-inch LCD television sets inside and outside the house of worship of Cebu City locale.
The INC members who will attend the worship service in Cebu City will come from the different locales in Cebu South district and from other districts, including the Cebu North district.
The ordination on Jan. 2 will commemorate the 86th birth anniversary of the late executive minister Eraño G. Manalo.