Friday, December 6, 2013

Message from the Dean of Kimberley on the death of Nelson Mandela : times for memorial services at the Cathedral

From the Dean of Kimberley,
The Very Revd Simon Aiken : 6 December 2013 
(on a visit to the Diocese of Oxford):
Nelson Mandela : 1918-2013

From the other side of the Equator, I share the huge sense of loss with you all at home in Kimberley. Madiba's death marks the passing of a giant of a man and an international icon for peace, friendship, inclusion and stability that we as South Africans and the wider global community will mourn now, but who will remain a constant in our collective mind and heart for centuries to come. Few can claim to be truly historic as he was. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.  Fr Simon

At the entrance to the Lady Chapel, St Cyprian's
Cathedral, 6 Dec 2013
The Rt Revd Oswald Swartz, Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman, will conduct a lunch-time Memorial Service at 13:15 on Monday 9 December and will preside at a Requiem Mass in Memory of Madiba at 17:30 that evening. 
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Part of a homily by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, at Mass as St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, 6 December 2013:
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, St George's Cathedral

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A prayer for Madiba : released by the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa:

Archbishop Thabo prays for Madiba

Go forth, revolutionary and loving soul, on your journey out of this world, in the name of God, who created you, suffered with you and liberated you.

Go home Madiba, you have selflessly done all that is good, noble and honourable for God’s people.

We will continue where you have left off, the Lord being our helper.

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