During a moving ceremony in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 27, the?
CU Stained glass window.
STV Procession of choir and clergy.
STV Procession of the Bishop Designate of Damarland, Assistant Designate of S. John's, and the Bishop Designate of S. Helena - to pulpit.
STV Congregation kneeling.
STV Bishops standing before Archbishop seated.
SCU Archbishop performs ceremony.
SV Bishops during ceremony.
TV Congregation kneeling.
SV The new Bishops move forward to bless the people.
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Background: During a moving ceremony in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 27, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Joost de Blank, consecrated three Bishops, an American, an Englishman, and the first African ever in South Africa to become an Anglican Bishop.
After a colourful procession through the Cathedral, crowded by a black and white congregation, Archbishop de Blank, formerly Bishop of Stepney, London, UK, performed the laying-on-of-hands ceremony on the Reverend Harold Beardmore, now eighth Bishop of S. Helena; the Reverend Canon Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, now First Assistant Bishop of S. John's; and the Reverend Robert Herbert Mize, now sixth Bishop of Damaraland.
A traditional blessing by the new Bishops was given to the congregation following their consecration, and then they left the Cathedral in solemn procession.
Crowds of joyful parishioners congratulated the 55-year old Bishop Alphaeus Zulu in the Cathedral courtyard. Father of seven children, his was obviously a very popular choice, although ordained a priest only as long ago as 1955.
Heaps of congratulatory letters and cables, as well as presents in kind and cash amounting to over GBP1,000 have been showered upon him. The Diocese of S. John embraces the whole of the Transkei, with headquarters at Umtata.