Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2018
Mass Baptisms have become a regular occurrence in Africa in recent years.
In Rwanda, several hundreds were baptized in 2014, another 32 in 2015, and 118 in 2016; 11 orphans were baptized at a Kenyan orphanage last year, 556 were baptized in Congo in January of this year, another 35 at a Kenyan orphanage in March, and another group of catechumens were baptized in the Congo River in April.
The latest such event reported took place in Kenya yesterday, when a group of school students in Nairobi were baptized into the holy Church of Christ.
As Romfea reports, the joyous celebration took place during the visit of a missionary group of 26 people from Cyprus, including 2 priests from Nicosia, who are visiting schools, clinics, charities, and orphanages.
The day began with a solemn Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III Archbishop of Cyprus, a theological education institution of the Church of Alexandria located in the western suburbs of Nairobi, by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios (Tillyrides) of Nairobi and the visiting Cypriot clergy. Abp. Makarios is himself a native Cypriot, serving in Nairobi since 2001.
In the afternoon, His Eminence celebrated the mass Baptism of students from the adjacent elementary school, with the members of the Cypriot mission group becoming their Godparents. The Liturgy and Baptismal service were both sung by the choir of the Patriarchal School.
Following the service, His Eminence thanked everyone for their support and contributions to the work of evangelization in Africa.
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