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Ad Clerum November 2012
Dear brothers in the Lord I am sure that you have found the past few weeks to have been very busy as the Calendar of the Church marches towards Advent. I trust that the All Saints and All Souls celebrations were richly blessed. Prayers for peace. November 11th marks Remembrance Day, the ending of The First World War. It also includes remembrance of all those killed in other conflicts around the world. Thousands of South Africans of all racial groups lost their lives in those desperate struggles of the last Century. We pray for the repose of their souls and the comfort of God for their loved ones. Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort; Deal graciously, we pray thee, with those who mourn; That casting every care on thee, They may know the consolation of thy love; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Just some of many war cemeteries from the First World War 1914-1918 REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD, AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM 1
Ad Clerum 7/12 November 2012 I am fortunate in that my school has an annual Remebrance Day Ceremony, to honour the many boys and teachers from the school who died in the great conflicts of the 20th Century.
Our new South Africa has had a good but often turbulent transition into a full, free and democratic state, but this year has been more difficult than most, with widespread unrest, strikes and considerable loss of life and property. As Christians, our prayers for the leadership of our land are to be constant and intense, for they are open to great temptation in terms of the abuse of power and wealth, and sometimes they seem to forget those who are most vulnerable amongst our people. The needs of the poor and marginalised among us are pressing, and their levels of desperation grow as economic times become tougher. The unemployed and older people have a particularly hard time at present, and the support of the church is vital, as far as we can give it. The SAPB has a beautiful Collect on page 42, specifically for In Time of Civil or Industrial Strife. Perhaps we should be using it on Sundays in our parish prayers? Let us pray for a just settlement of the present Trouble. O God, who willest that men should live and work together as brethren; Remove, we beseech thee, from those who are now at variance, The spirit of strife and selfishness, That seeking only that which is just they may ever abide in brotherly union and concord, to their own well-being, and to the good of all mankind; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen It will be through our constant intercession, and the faithful prayers of all our people, that peace and prosperity will be attained by all who dwell in our land.
Ad Clerum 7/12 November 2012 Confirmation and Visitation at St Cyprian the Martyr, Atteridgeville It is always good to visit St Cyprians, and to be a part of that vibrant and steadily growing presence in the community of Atteridgeville. On this occasion, I came to the parish for Confirmation, to meet a prospective clergyman and to tell those who have been in theological training of their date of Ordination. I was assisted in the Mass by Fr Martin Magoleng and Deacon Michael Masego. Fr David Aphane was also in attendance, but was not feeling well enough to participate.
Those Confirmed at St Cyprian’s, Atteridgeville All Saints Day at the Pro-Cathedral, Seshego, 4th November 1012 The Parish of All Saints has been a bastion of Anglican Orthodoxy since the inception of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa and was one of the founding parishes. As the leading parish of the Diocese, they will be hosting the Ordination of Priests and Deacons on 15th December 2012. Parishes from all over our Diocese will be attending, as will some from neighbouring Zimbabwe. It will be an important service as we recognise new ministries and empower men to carry the Gospel to all people. I urge you to make arrangements for your parish to attend this important day in the life of the Diocese. 3
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The lovely High Altar on All Saints Day in the Pro-Cathdral On this particular Sunday, a well-prepared group were presented for Confirmation. The church was full and the fellowship was excellent. Fr Setati, Fr Sethowa and Fr Selolo have done a sterling job in keeping the parish as strong as it is. The people of St John the Baptist, Mamotintane and St Augustine, Mpahlele were also represented.
The All Saints Pro-Cathedral Confirmation group
Ad Clerum 7/12 November 2012 An Invitation from All Saints: On Sunday 6th January 2013, All Saints Seshego will be clebrating their 20th Aniversary as a parish – and you are all invited to this landmark occasion. The clergy and people of the Pro-Cathedral would be delighted if you and your parish could attend. If you are able to attend, and are able to supply a choir or servers, or would just like to know the arrangements, please contact: Mrs Princess Makola (Church Warden) email@example.com Cell: 083 9688 194 Tel: 071 676 5459 I do hope that as many as possible will be able to make the journey to All Saints ProCathedral, Seshego, for that milestone celebration and enjoy a good day of Diocesan fellowship. Christ the King, Khuma and St Augustine’s, Jouberton (North West Province) In ad Clerum 3.12, I wrote of Fr Allen Smith and I going to Jouberton (Klersdorp) to meet some clergy and people who wished to join the TAC. We traveled again to Jouberton on Sunday 11th November to formally welcome these people into the TAC. I was joined on the trip by Fr John Mashiane (St. Lawrence, Hammanskraal), Thabo Mokoko (Holy Cross, Pretoria) Deacon Michael Maseko (Holy Trinity, Mamelodi) Fr Allen Smith (St Andrews, Mondeor) and a whole carload of lay people from St Andrews, driven by our Chancellor, Paul du Plessis. In the service, 16 people were Confirmed and welcomed into full communion in the Church, while Fr Kgwele David Sephai, Fr Hendrik Kotie Diamond and Fr Vusimuzi Wonderful Edom were all Licenced as Priests into our Diocese and the Traditional Anglican Communion. We welcome them all and pray that the work of the church will prosper in that part of His vineyard. I ask for your prayers for all these fine people.
We are met by the people of Jouberton
The reading of the Gospel
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This wonderful group were Confirmed at Jouberton
Fr Diamond, Fr Edom and Fr Sephai are welcomed to the clergy of the TAC
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