Cathedral of St Mary celebrates 190th birthday

2015-09-02 10:33

HAVING been in existence for 190 years, the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin is the oldest church in Port Elizabeth.

A number of activities are lined up for September 5 to 6 to celebrate the Cathedral’s 190th birthday.

Over the years the church has been playing a leading role in the formation of new parishes within the PE community.

In 1895 the building was gutted by a fire but was rebuilt within a year, with money collected from people as diverse as the Cape Prime Minister, Cecil Rhodes, and President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal.

The new church building, which was far grander in style, opened for worship on September 6, 1896.

The celebrations will start with a Flower Festival from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 5, following the theme of “Praise and Thanksgiving”.

The public is welcome to view the arrangements on display, as well as watch the flower demonstrations, listen to the organ and piano recitals - all while enjoying a cup of coffee and decadent sweet treats.

A flower market will also be set up for those wishing to purchase fresh-cut flowers.

Saturday evening at 5pm there will be a Taizé Celtic Worship Service led by the Rev. Rob Penrith in conjunction with the Royal Schools of Church Music Combined Choir.

On Sunday at 9am there will be a Service of Celebration and all parishes from the Anglican Diocese of Port Elizabeth will be sending representatives to join in this service

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