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The Consecration of St. Paul's Church in Kobunshwi


Saturday, July 5, 2008
Great Vespers on the Eve of the Consecration

Father Gerasimos awaits the relics of St. Savas of Palestine at the entrance to the Church.
Father Gerasimos awaits the relics of St. Savas of Palestine at the entrance to the Church.

Metropolitan Jeronymos of Mwanza carrying the relics into the Church.
Metropolitan Jeronymos of Mwanza carrying the relics into the Church.

The entry of the relics into the Church.
The entry of the relics into the Church.

The placing of the relics on the altar of the Church.
The placing of the relics on the altar of the Church.


Sunday, July 6, 2008
The Consecration Service and Liturgy

Metropolitan Jeronymos preparing the bread and wine of the Eucharist prior to the celebration of the Consecration Service and Liturgy.
Metropolitan Jeronymos preparing the bread and wine of the Eucharist prior to the celebration of the Consecration Service and Liturgy.

The Consecration Service and Procession with the relics around the exterior of the Church begins.
The Consecration Service and Procession with the relics around the exterior of the Church begins.

The Procession with the relics around the exterior of the Church.
The Procession with the relics around the exterior of the Church.

The Re-entry of the Procession with the relics into the Church.
The Re-entry of the Procession with the relics into the Church.

The Placement of the relics into the altar by Metropolitan Jeronymos.
The Placement of the relics into the altar by Metropolitan Jeronymos.

The Anointing of the altar with consecrated oil.
The Anointing of the altar with consecrated oil.

The cleaning of the altar.
The cleaning of the altar.

The dressing of the altar with altar cloths and the consecration of antimensia.
The dressing of the altar with altar cloths and the consecration of antimensia.

Metropolitan Jeronymos preaching the homily for the Consecration Service.
Metropolitan Jeronymos preaching the homily for the Consecration Service.

The congregation at worship as the Consecration Liturgy begins.
The congregation at worship as the Consecration Liturgy begins.

The singing of the Great Doxology:
The singing of the Great Doxology: "Glory to God who has shown us the Light, glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will to all…"

The Entrance with the Gospels:
The Entrance with the Gospels: "Come let us bow down and worship Christ…"

St. Paul's Church in Kobunshwi at sunset.
St. Paul's Church in Kobunshwi at sunset.