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    Ekpere Na Abu
The Book of Common Prayer in Igbo

 

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The Igbo, or Ibo people live in southeastern Nigeria, generally in the area of the Niger delta. As with most languages, theirs has (or did have) several dialects. Anglican missionary work there originated with the CMS in 1870, and coincided with the publication of the first Igbo BCP, in the Isuama dialect. There was one additional translation in this dialect, one in the Lower Igbo dialect, and two in the Upper Igbo (or Onitsha) dialect.

The text used here is the current translation, called Igbo Union, of the 1662 BCP. It was first published around 1945, but with several earlier components. This printing has a hymnal bound up with it with the date of 1977, and the (undated) Prayer Book portion likely also comes from about that time. It is a somewhat abridged version of the 1662 BCP, as may be seen from the Table of Contents below. It also includes an Appendix of various services and prayers. It is listed as 58:1 in David Griffiths' Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer. The 1662 BCP was used in Nigeria up until 1996; it does not appear that an Igbo translation has been made of the new Nigerian Book of Common Prayer.

The Igbo language includes a number of diacritical marks, including notably vowel macrons and an 'o' with a dot underneath. This text used here additionally includes a 'b' with a > underneath, but, since that is not a part of Unicode (and so can't be rendered on the Web) and isn't part of Igbo as it is currently written, it has been ignored.

More information on older Igbo translations may be found in The Book of Common Prayer Among the Nations of the World, and newer ones in an essay in The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer. Three of these older translations, one from 1897 into the Upper Igbo dialect (Griffiths 57:1), and two others in the Isuama dialect, one from 1871 (Griffiths 55:1), and the other from 1907 (Griffiths 55:2), are available from Google Books as PDF graphics.

EKPERE

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IHE NILE DI N'AKWUKWỌ NKA.
Table of Contents


1. Ihe-nmuta na Abù Ọma arọputara ka agua ha
n'ubọchi Sunday na Ubọchi Nsọ ọzọ ..

PAGE

vi

2. Calendar na Ihe-nmuta agọgu . . . .

x

3. Usoro nke Ekpere Ututu . . . . . .
Morning Prayer

1

4. Usoro nke Ekpere Anyasi . . . . . .
Evening Prayer

15

5. Litany . . . . . . . . . .

25

6. Kọlekt na Akwukwọ Ozi na Ozi ọma aganọgu mgbe anọnye Oriri Nsọ, n'ogologo Arọ nile
Collects, Epistles & Gospels

 
32

7. Usoro nke Inye Oriri Nsọ .. .. ..
Holy Communion

199

8. Usoro nke Baptism nke emere n'iru ọda madu ..
Public Baptism of Infants

224

9. Usoro nke Baptism nke ndi nwere ike izara onwe-ha . .
Baptism of Adults

232

10. Catechism . . . . . . . .

240

11. Usoro nke Inye-ike .. .. ..
Confirmation

247

12. Uzọ Ijikọ di na nwunye . . . . . .
Marriage

250

13. Usoro nke Ilì ozu .. .. ..
Burial of the Dead

259

14. Ikele-ekele nke Ndinyom mgbe ha musiri nwa ..
Churching of women

263

15. Idọ-aka-ne-nti, ma-ọbu ikwuputa iwe Chineke na ikpe-Ya nile megide Ndi-nmehie ..
Commination

 
265

16. Abu ọma nke Devid . . . . . .
Psalter

272

17. Usoro na uzọ ime Ndi Dikọn .. ..
Ordering of Deacons

446
18. Uzọ na Usoro esi echi Ndi Presbita .. ..
Ordaining of Priests
452

 

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