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Vol 21 No 11


The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa


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 •  We celebrated!
 •  A feast of music
 •  A very blessed Christmas

We celebrated!

Our Diocese was born on 1 January 1970 out of the very large Diocese of Grahamstown. It stretches from the coast to Colesburg in the north and from Kenton-on-Sea in the east to Bluelilliesbush in the Tsitsikamma Forest in the west.

The Diocesan Ruby Anniversary celebrations were a time set aside to praise our Lord for the past 40 years of worship and ministry. The music evening with choirs, a very gifted clergy group, Mike McCoy on the piccolo, dancers and Jesus in Music Group was a blessing of the talents the Lord has gifted his people with. Mike McCoy had written a special hymn “Forty Years” - which was sung on both the Saturday and Sunday. The Eucharist on the Sunday was a wonderful time of thanksgiving with messages from Abp Philip Russell and Bp Eric Pike and from Joan Evans widow of Bp Bruce and from Abp Thabo Makgoba.

Pics - From top:

1)  Bishop Bethlehem with Bishop Michael Coleman of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth, who graced the Service with his presence.

2)  St Matthais, Motherwell, choir in traditional dress at the Saturday Music Evening.

3)  St Lukes Spiritual Dance Group in action.

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A feast of music

Inspiring Choral Evening
Concert of Glorious music

Music lovers were blessed with a ‘feast of music’ at our Cathedral with the visit of the Hereford Cathedral Choir on Sunday 30 October and the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir in concert with organist Justin Stone.

The diocese was blessed with a wonderfully inspiring Choral Evensong sung by the Hereford Cathedral Choir from the UK with Geraint Bowen, the Director of Music and Peter Dyke, the organist. The hymns, chants and anthems were magnificent and with the cathedral almost full the congregation participation was really good too. The choir closed with three anthems: Blessed be the God and Father (Samuel Sebastian Wesley), Beati quorum via integra est (Charles Villiers Stanford) and O be joyful in the Lord – Psalm 100 (William Walton) and the service with the Organ Voluntary: Toccata by Eugene Gigout.

The choir visited Cape Town, George, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown at the end of October. Hereford Cathedral has a history dating back to 696.

Billed as a programme of glorious music from Palestrina to Stanford, from Tallis to Gorecki the concert titled “Across the Centuries” by the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir did the diocese proud.

Introducing the concert, the conductor and Choir Master, Timothy Lees said that the choir aims to give the very best in beautiful music. He paid tribute to the organist, Justin Stone, saying, “Without him we could not have reached the standards we have,” … and the standard of the music and singing was very high indeed. The audience thrilled to the choir, the solo voices and the Mendelssohn Organ Sonata No2 in C minor Op65/2 played by Justin.

One hopes that many more members of the diocese will support these beautiful music evenings at the Cathedral.

Pics:  Top - Young singers from the the Hereford Cathedral Choir from the UK process into St Mary’s Cathedral for Evensong;  Bottom - Tim Lees with organist Justin Stone at the music concert held at St Mary’s Cathedral.

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A very blessed Christmas

The editor, iindaba committee,
Bishop Bethlehem and Mazoe,
and the Diocesan staff
wish all our readers
a very blessed Christmas
and a new year filled
with the love, joy and
peace of the Christ-child.

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