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South Africa: Two Farewells

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Fr. Dn. Steve Hayes of South Africa recently posted on his blog, Khanya, about a funeral and the departure and arrival of two Russian priests to serve the Russian-speaking population of South Africa. A portion is below, and the rest with pictures can be read here.

On Saturday 23 January we had the funeral of Theodora (Rosina) Thamaga, the widow of Father Simon, who died in 2004. Father Simon was Archbishop of the African Orthodox Episcopal Church, an African independent church which asked to join the Orthodox Church in 1997.

After his funeral in 2004, several neighbours who attended his funeral wanted to know more about the Orthodox Church, and so a new mission congregation was started in Tembisa, where Mrs Thamaga lived, and she together with a local school teacher, became leaders of the new congregation. We visited them to help with services every second week from 2005 to 2008, when Father Johannes Rakumako was asked to take charge of the congregation.

For me, the funeral began at 5:00 am, when I left home to drive 20 kilometres to Mamelodi to fetch four of our church members there to take them to Tembisa. We arrived at Tembisa just before 7:00 am, and Father Johannes Rakumako was already there. A tent had been erected in the yard outside the house, and there were about 50 people who had been there for the all night vigil, when the body was received from the undertakers the evening before.

Written by Stephen

January 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Africa, South Africa

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  1. Thanks for the link, have added your blog to my blogroll. I’d also like to invite you to the Orthodox mission forum if you are not already a member.


    January 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    • Your welcome, and thanks for the your link. No, I am not a member of the forum. An invitation would be lovely.


      January 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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