We’ve arrived in Grahamstown, South Africa! We received a warm welcome from the Rector of the College of the Transfiguration, Dr. Vicentia Kgabe, and got to meet many of the students. We are so excited to be here.
This morning we worshipped at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George.
One of the things we love about worship in other parts of the Anglican Communion is how similar to and different from our experiences in the Episcopal Church it can be. This morning we celebrated the Eucharist using An Anglican Prayer Book of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Many of the prayers and the shape of the liturgy were very familiar to us. However, some parts of the liturgy were said and sung in the Setswana language. The cantor at the Cathedral has a beautiful voice and made it easy to follow along, even in a language unfamiliar to us. Here is the Easter greeting in Setswana:
Aleluya! Kreste o rudile! (Alleluia, Christ is risen!) O rudile e le ruhi. Aleluya! (He is risen indeed. Alleluia!)
Singing was accompanied by organ and by marimbas played by a group of young people. Beautiful! We sang hymns for today, the Sunday after the Ascension and the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, The Church’s One Foundation, The Son of God Proclaim, and Crown Him with Many Crowns, all to tunes familiar to us from The Hymnal 1982.
We love feeling like we are part of one family wherever we go, because we are.