Today, 18th June, is the Feast of Bernard Mizeki, a great saint for Anglicans of Africa and especially Zimbabwe. One of the greatest Christian festivals in Africa takes place at his shrine around the date of his martyrdom, June 18th.
We too honoured Bernard Mizeki today. During our 5pm Mass Admos, himself from Zimbabwe, spoke on the inspiration which Bernard Mizeki gives to Zimbabwean people, and to all christians. His example encourages us to stand up for our faith, to encourage education for all people and to care for others by being alongside them.
After Mass the icon of Bernard Mizeki was processed to its place on a pillar in the south aisle, and it was blessed there.
Pedia, who also comes from Zimbabwe, had prepared some lovely Zimbabwean food for us to try, including rice and peanut butter, and sweet potatoes (a popular breakfast food with Zimbabwean children).
Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr Bernard Mizeki: Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who rejoice in his triumph may profit by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.