Monday, May 28, 2012

Row casts pall over St Alban’s service

From South Africa-

While churches across the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday – an ancient feast of the Christian Church held 50 days after Easter – the trouble-torn Anglican St Alban the Martyr Cathedral in Pretoria held a service stripped of ritual.

St Alban’s Cathedral is at the centre of strife and struggle – last week, the parish and the parish council took Diocesan Bishop Jo Seoka to court over his decision to close the cathedral.

The two sides were urged by the court to try to find a solution agreeable to all rather than fighting it out in legal hearings.

The court ordered that a mediator be appointed within 30 days to try to resolve the differences in the parish.

The cathedral does not have a priest and parishioners have not celebrated the Eucharist since November.

On Sunday, the 130-year-old church was to have marked Pentecost Sunday – an event much like Christmas and Lent, but which is celebrated as a great event that marked the birth of the Christian church.

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