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Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:03:10 PM »
On Sunday 21 October 2012 the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodoros II, celebrated the consecration of the Church of Saint Andrew in Kananga, Congo. Also celebrating was the Metropolitan of Central Africa, Nikephoros, and the Metropolitan of Pentapoleos, Ignatios...
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 05:07:35 PM »
I wonder if Copts or Ethiopians have any larger churches?
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 05:34:06 PM »
Praise God! It's really great to see flourishing Orthodox mission in Africa

I wonder if Copts or Ethiopians have any larger churches?

I suppose that the Coptic cathedral in Aswan is bigger. It's one of the biggest Orthodox churches I've ever visited.





As for Ethiopians, I don't have any idea.

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 05:47:41 PM »
Wonderful!  Thanks for posting.  I wonder why the Patriarchate's website is down.

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2012, 05:50:59 PM »
For those of you who do not have 3 foot wide monitors  :P ...





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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012, 05:53:14 PM »
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 08:04:57 PM »
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 09:23:11 PM »
Just to add, I didn't mean anything negative by my post above, hence the emoticon I used...  8)

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2012, 12:54:56 AM »
Here's a photo of the interior:


I am surprised to see the lack of a full iconostasis. It reminds me of the one at Saint Paul's in Irvine:



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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012, 01:00:29 AM »
The iconostasis might not be complete yet. There is a new church in my area that is temporarily without one.

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2012, 12:26:39 AM »


Don't you just love those Chibi apostles?
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2012, 12:04:33 PM »
Thanks for posting this.  I know very little about Orthodoxy in Africa except for the converts which started it all in Kenyia & Ugana decades ago.  I thought this article about a university was interesting too:
Free Greek Orthodox University Founded in Africa
http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2011/05/free-greek-orthodox-university-founded.html

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2012, 12:47:45 PM »
For those of you who do not have 3 foot wide monitors  :P ...






They said it was the largest parish . . .

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2012, 02:21:52 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I can't help but applaud that beautiful Church and the growing efforts of Orthodox in Central Africa.  Y'all have a more nuanced approach and include vernacular languages more readily, so I can understand a certain appeal for Africans.  Then again, I've debated elsewhere on this forum how the Ethiopian Church is a better model and template for African Orthodoxy because of the pan-African cultural traits present and adapted into the Ethiopian tradition, however, we have a linguistic hurdle that is just as much a problem as our cultural Africanness is a benefit.  So if y'all have bridged that gap in the meantime and African folks are coming to Orthodox and away from Pentecostals and Muslims than I can dig it.  However, daily we are praying and supporting growing Ethiopian Orthodox missions across Africa as well. My own parish priests just returned from differing trips to Ethiopian parishes in South Africa a few weeks ago. We have many parishes in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa,  and elsewhere.  God has been working through the unfortunate situation of burgeoning Ethiopian diaspora, to spread the uniquely African interpretations of Orthodox across the continent.  HIM Haile Selassie I first had pan-African visions, and slowly, steadily, we are seeing this growing reality.  If one day we can have Ethiopian Orthodox parishes and Byzantine Alexandrian parishes across Africa, that will be a blessing.  I hope the Copts are listening, we could use their support across North Africa too ;)

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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2012, 10:58:14 PM »
It's called "Walt Disantine"
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Re: Largest Orthodox Church in Africa Consecrated
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2012, 12:20:17 PM »
Bole Medhane Alem (Bole Savior of the World) Church in Addis Abeba might be bigger, though I'm not sure why size matters - a church is a church, God is glorified whatever its size :-).
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