Σάββατο, 26 Μαΐου 2018

The celebration of Africa Day for us the Orthodox Church...


Statment of Orthodox Metropolis of Zambia and Malawi for The African Day 


Today, the 25th of May, for all of us, who live on the Continent of Africa, The Africa Day provides a day of reflection on Africa’s achievements in the recent past, a celebration of its population and culture.
Today, as our ardent prayers are poured for all Africa i want to mention one of Africa’s greatest heroes, Madiba Nelson Mandela, and one of his dreams for Africa when he said: “I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.”
The celebration of Africa Day for us the Orthodox Church is an affirmation of our love for the continent and our commitment to ensure that Africa succeeds in all her endeavours.
The Orthodox Church in Africa falls under the jurisdiction of the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, and its history goes back to the first century. serves the Greek‐, Arabic‐, and Russian‐speaking communities as well as native African Orthodox communities in sub‐Saharan Africa. Started his apostolic mission to Africa in the city of Alexandria by St Mark the evangelist around 62–63 AD and its present up to now days

Poverty,hunger, poor education, ill health, and violence.
We have to keep in mind and follow the words of His Divine Beatitude Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa. Theodoros II who He wisely says
" The jurney of love never ends .."
We are God’s people who preach peace and love. On this day, we take stock of progress we have made giving our hand in building an Africa whose inhabitants have hope for a better and brighter future, an Africa without despair.

God bless Africa and God bless us all!

Photos from here & here (Uganda)
 
See also

St. Simon of Cyrene & Black History Month (February 27th: St. Simon’s Day)
The Orthodox Church in Zambia & Malawi
St. John the Russian, the Free & Wonderworker Slave (May 27) 

National Identity and Unity: From Babel to Pentecost
 
Ancient Christian faith (Orthodox Church) in Africa
African-American Orthodoxy — Eight principal areas of convergence between African spirituality and Ancient Christianity
 

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