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St Andrew’s Church consecrated in Midrand, South Africa

30 November 2019

Nearly seven years ago the foundation stone for St Andrew’s Church was laid in Midrand. It was the first Romanian Orthodoxc Church to be built in Africa. On St Andrew\s Day, 30th November 2019, it was consecrated by His Eminence Damaskinos, the Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria and His Eminence Iosif, Bishop of the Romanian Patriarchate for Western and Southern Europe.

The bishops leave for the consecration of the outside of the church

The Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the Bishop of the Romanian Exarchate of Western and Southern Europe consecrate St Andrew’s Church in Midrand, Gauteng

The bishops and others go in procession round the church, marking the west, south, east and north sides with holy chrism.

The bishops consult over the differences between the Greek and Romaniaqn orders of service

Consecrating a church on a hot summer day is thirsty work

All the ikons inside the church, except those on the ikonostasis itself,. were painted by Fr Justin Venn.

Fr Markos Manyeke, Fr Isajlo Marcovic and Fr Justin Venn (who painted most of the ikons in the church).





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  1. Irulan permalink
    2 December 2019 9:16 am

    any reason why Midrand and not another location, Steve?

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