Blessing of the Church of Saint George the Great Martyr – Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland

On Thursday 19 May,  His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and blessed the newly aquired Church of Saint George the great martyr in Mbabane Swaziland.

He was accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Sergios of Good Hope Metropolitan Bishop of Cape Town and Protopresbyter  Athenodoros Papaevripiadis.

The small Orthodox  Church was built by an Orthodox Armenian and after his death Mr Sophocleous bought it from the deceased estate.  His Eminence Archbishop Sergios had visited the Church in February and it was decided that the official blessing of the Church should coincide with the Patriarch’s visit.

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The church  is quite breathtaking in its simple and unique African architecture. Made of local stone, it sits proudly on the vast slope above Pine Valley which overlooks the striking Mdzimba Mountains. The world’s largest granite mountain, Sidebe, is situated in the area and a giant piece of this indigenous granite rock is built into the structure of the church building.

His Beatitude and guests were hosted at the home of Mr Sophocleous in the evening for an official celebratory dinner.

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