Orthodox Easter in Cameroon

August 18, 2012

A very interesting new video just posted to You Tube shows Pascha (Easter) in some Orthodox parishes in Cameroon in Central Africa. The video begins with Good Friday services and Baptisms in Yaounde (the capital) with snippets from the Midnight Pascha liturgy starting at 11:08 minutes.

Of particular note are some of the parish celebrations in small cities away from the capital. For example, Liturgy in the small city of Datcheka in Northern Cameroun is shown starting about 32:00 minutes. Another to watch is the visit to the parish in Touilale starting at 1:00:28 minutes. While recognizable in many respects, one can also see some inculturation. Liturgy is in the local language, the Bishop gives his sermon in French (official language of the country) and it’s translated into the local tongue.

This is part of the mission work of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria which also includes the operation of schools for children in that country.


Divine Liturgy in Kenya

February 21, 2011

It is estimated there are over 600,000 Orthodox Christians in Kenya, with between 200 to 300 parishes. The Church in Kenya is part of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and is strong and growing vigorously.  Here are videos from an Orthodox parish church celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Kamangu, Kenya. Kamangu is a small town north-west of Nairobi, the capital, and the language used is most likely Kikuyu, the language of the Kikuyu people in that area of Kenya:

The Cherubic Hymn and Great Entrance:

Receiving Communion:

Praises being sung:

More on the Orthodox Church in Kenya:

The Kenya Orthodox Experience

Kenya’s Orthodox Miracle

Orthodox Church in Kenya (includes slideshow)