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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Haleloia! Haleloia! Haleloia!

Haleloia! Haleloia! Haleloia! Voavono Kristy - Paska ho antsika, Ka dia aoka isika hanao andro firavoravoana. The Easter anthems - Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast - resounded through the congregation of over 150 Malgaches who joined in their Easter Eucharist at St George's Paris. This community, fully part of St George's and led by a catechist Nicolas Razafindratsima, worships in Malgache (and French) once a month. It was a joy to preside and preach at their service, the sixth liturgy during my weekend at the parish!

The other liturgies were celebrated in English (with one of the readings always in French) with congregations which were very diverse in make-up. On Easter morning the servers who attended me were Iranian, Mauritian, Kenyan and English. At the Easter vigil candidates for baptism and confirmation were English, Italian-English, Vietmamese-English, Malgache, Nigerian, and Kenyan.

Fr Matthew Harrison and Fr Richard Fermer are the clergy who serve this vibrant multicultural community we know as St George's Parish in Paris.

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