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Vol 25 No 5


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


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 •  Celebrating our youth
 •  Easter celebrations around the diocese

Celebrating our youth

“To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. Son/daughter pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a neckace improves your appearance.” Prov 1:7-9 GNB

Father of everlasting compassion,
you see our children growing up in an uncertain and confusing world:
show them the path of life,
enable them to triumph over failure and frustration,
to hold fast their faith in you
and to keep alive their joy in your creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Easter celebrations around the diocese

He is risen! He is risen indeed! What wonderful words we hear on Easter morning, the culmination of Holy week and, indeed, our 40 days of preparation during Lent. As the photo gallery here, and on page 2 shows, a few parishes shared their happenings with iindaba.

A palm procession at ZRV and the meditation on ‘The Cross of Christ’ arranged by organist Wayne Hughes held at Holy Trinity, Central was a fitting start to the week on Palm Sunday. This was followed on the Wednesday evening by the magnificent organ recital and meditation on ‘The 14 Stations of the Cross’ at the Cathedral which was organised by the Provost, Sharon Nell. The young organist, Winand Grundling , had everyone spellbound with his expertise as he skilfully wove the journey of our Lord on his way to Golgotha. He used his creativity through improvisation to perfection in this presentation of music, coupled with screen images and appropriate biblical references to this sacred sequence of events in Holy Week. And so, on through to Maundy Thursday (sadly no photos), Good Friday with the children and finally the beauty of flowers and candles and the joy of Easter morning ... which the Lord blessed with a glorious sunrise!

Holy week began on Sunday 13 April with Palm Sunday, and at Holy Trinity, Central, the celebrations included a wonderful choral reflection on “The Cross of Christ” with a slightly enhanced choir led by Wayne Hughes.

The very talented young organist Winand Grundling, who enthralled the Cathedral congregation with a meditation on “The 14 Stations of the Cross,” is seen with the Provost, Sharon Nell.

Led by Chris Handley bearing the Crucifix, and singing “Ride on, ride on in majesty ...”, the congregation of Zwartkops River Valley Parish processed along the road to St Nicholas Church in Redhouse on Palm Sunday.

A special service for the children was held at St Hugh’s on Good Friday. They were taken to five different stations of Christ’s journey from the Last Supper through to the Cross. Some of them are seen here with Brenda Moore as they sit at the foot of the Cross.

Once again St Margaret’s looked magnificent with the floral arrangements by Jenny Yates, Gill da Silva and Monica Heine. To God be the glory!

Easter morning dawned with a magnificent sunrise as witnessed by those who attended the ecumenical Sunrise Service on the Donkin led by the Salvation Army. What a blessing for all who rose early to be there. Hot Cross buns were enjoyed at the hall afterwards.


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