You may have read in previous posts of the situation the Anglican Church of Zimbabwe has been in for several years now. Throughout the country clergy and congregations have been unable to worship in their churches, which had been taken over by rival clergy and bishops sympathetic to Robert Mugabe. A court case finally restored the churches to their rightful congregations and on Sunday Harare Cathedral is to be re-hallowed as part of this. Bishop Brian, the Bishop of Tonbridge, is to be there to represent Rochester Diocese as we are twinned with the Diocese of Harare.
A letter from Bishop James can be found here, and a prayer for the people of Zimbabwe written for this occasion is below.
Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
We thank you for the life and witness of your Church in Harare
and pray with them this day as they celebrate the re-hallowing of their Cathedral.
Renew Bishop Chad and your Church there in holiness,
help them and us to serve you with joy.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Enable them and us to be instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth,
in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.