Archbishop Sergios blesses chapel in Queenstown
On 11 May His Eminence Archbishop Sergios traveled to East London for the Feast Day celebrations for Saint George and a special blessing of the private Chapel of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. Traditionally churches in rural areas are visited by a priest the week after Easter for a special blessing.
The Church of Saint George in East London celebrated the Feast of their patron Saint George this weekend and it was a good opportunity for His Eminence to conduct the blessing of the private Chapel together with the priest from the Church of Saint George in East London, Father George Pittaras. The Chapel is on the property of the Minas family in Queens town. The abandoned property was bought years ago by the Minas family (from Lesvos in Greece) and had originally been owned by a Catholic institution. Their son Peter lives on the property with his wife and two daughters. He has converted a dilapidated traditional Xhosa mud hut into an authentic Orthodox Chapel. The impressive wooden iconostasis was hand carved by Peter himself.
The blessing was well attended by the Orthodox community of Queenstown. After the blessing, everyone enjoyed a lunch together hosted by the Minas family. The chapel is intended to serve the needs of the faithful in the area and His Eminence spent time discussing options to assist them with their spiritual progress.