FLIPPING THE BIRD AT THE DEVIL

From THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE:

Between 10,000 and 15,000 people flocked to the Marondera Show Grounds to commemorate the life of Bernard Mizeki this weekend, despite being denied access to the shrine itself by the authorities.

All 15 bishops of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa con-celebrated the Eucharist on the Saturday morning. The Province's Primate Archbishop Albert Chama preached what was described as "a moving and encouraging sermon".

Following the Eucharist the day was filled with teaching on various topics by the clergy, drama based on the life of Bernard Mizeki, a programme led by the Mothers' Union and then singing, worship and shared preaching by both clergy and laity. The celebrations finished after an early morning Eucharist service on Sunday and Harare's Bp Chad D Gandiya presided at the Eucharist.

In a letter following the weekend's celebrations, Bp Chad said it had been a truly blessed weekend: "I am writing to thank you all very much for your prayers. Our Bernard Mizeki celebrations at the Marondera Show Grounds went very well. Our theme for the weekend was, "Mukristu Usanete: Namata Urinde! Christian seek not yet repose: Watch and Pray!" We even had police protection which we appreciated very much."

Pilgrims were hoping to visit the shrine after the main service, but police prevented them from doing so.

The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been under attack from an ex-communicated bishop, Dr Nolbert Kunonga, a supporter of President Mugabe, who left the Anglican Province of Central Africa (CPCA) in 2007 to try and set up a rival church. Kunonga, with the support of police and henchmen, has seized CPCA church property and used violence to break up church services.

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FLIPPING THE BIRD AT THE DEVIL — 2 Comments

  1. Little known fact (um, article-of-faith): like the BVM, St Bernard Mizeki was assumed!

  2. I am glad that the Anglican in Zimbabwe are not silenced by Kunonga. I have enjoyed their vibrant and enthusiastic worship service each time I have visited Zimbabwe, although they worship in unlikely places. My prayer is that this unity and vibrant worship will not cease after the season of persecution is over.