Lazarus Saturday 2017
Lazarus Saturday is the last day of Great Lent, and we took three members of our Atteridgeville congregation to the Divine Liturgy at St Sergius in Midrand,
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion,
Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God.
Like the children with the palms of victory,
we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death:
“Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.”
In Atteridgeville we normally use the African Orthodox Church, where we have the Hours and Readers Service (Typica, Obednitsa), but occasionally we go to other churches for the Divine Liturgy so that our two baptised members, Demetrius Mahwayi and Artemius Mangena, can receive the Holy Communion. St Sergius Church in Midrand has an English Liturgy once a month on a Saturday. One of our other members, Charles Nkosi, who is not baptised, came with us to St Nicholas in Brixton at Christmas, and after the service said he wanted to be baptised, so he came with us today to find out more.
After the service we have brunch, and that give Charles a chance to talk to Fr Danil Lugovoy, the priest of the church.
On one wall of the classroom where we gathered were some ikons which were very familiar. They had come from the old Russian Chapel in Yeoville, which the community of St Nicholas of Japan used for a year in 1990 before getting its own temple in Brixton.
We discussed who had painted the ikons, but no one could remember. I thought that it may have been Tretchikoff, but that may just be a half-remembered rumour. But it was a familiar sight, because we had worshipped in front of it for nearly a year.
It was also a farewell to one of the members of St Sergius, Erica Scott, who will soon be moving to Australia. She will be missed, because she leads the singing for the English Liturgy.
We are grateful to Fr Danil and the parish of St Sergius for welcoming us to their church, and helping our struggli9ng mission congregation.