Belfast service to remember Mandela

Published Friday, 13 December 2013
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A special service of remembrance is to be held in St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Belfast service to remember Mandela
Tributes have been made across the world for Nelson Mandela. (© Getty)

The anti-apartheid campaigner and former president of South Africa passed away last week at the age of 95.

Thousands are taking part in a week-long period of mourning in the African country to remember the man who was the first democratically elected leader of the nation.

In Belfast, St Anne's Cathedral will host 'Reflections on the life of Nelson Mandela - Lessons in Peace and Reconciliation' at 1pm on Saturday.

The service has been jointly organised by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, the Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend John Mann, the Chapter of St Anne's Cathedral and the African and Caribbean Support Organisation of Northern Ireland (ACSONI).

As well as prayers, bible readings and hymns, the service will include six 'reflections' inspired by the life of the revolutionary leader.

The service is open to the public and will include representatives from the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, as well as the Hindu and Bahá'í faiths.

Poet Nandi Jola will read two of her works, while there also will be contributions from the Manukahunney Singers, the Intsika Ka Xhosa South African dance group and Belfast's Filipino community, as well as local business leaders and members of Belfast City Council's Youth Forum.

May his lesson of reconciliation be a beacon for all of us, and may his memories remain forever in the hearts of people and countries across the world.

Dr Christopher Stange

Dr Christopher Stange, chair of ACSONI said the service presented an opportunity for the local community to express its condolences, he said: "ACSONI calls upon our brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland to join in commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela."

The Lord Mayor said: "This is an opportunity for the people of Belfast to reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and give thanks for the inspiration and legacy he has left us.

"I would like to thank the Dean and Chapter of St Anne's and ACSONI for their invaluable work in putting together this service."

Rev. John Mann added: "I welcome this opportunity to share with the Lord Mayor and the African community in Belfast in a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela. It is important that we mark the occasion of his death, but yet more important that we learn the lessons of his life."

The funeral is set to take place in South Africa on Sunday.

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2 Comments
Val in Newtownabbey wrote (124 days ago):
This is a good chance for Belfast to remember Madiba. I am only sorry that i cannot get there to join with everyone. I will be there in spirit. Blessed are the peace makers. I wish all of the different communities in N.I would learn that N.I is 1 diverse country.
norman.d in bangor wrote (125 days ago):
What has Mandela got to do with this country nothing so why are we worshipping him he was a Terrorist which people forget this country seems to glorify these people
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