Five thousand people crowded into a boxing stadium converted into a great open-air church in Soweto, the sprawling collection of African townships just outside Johannesburg on Sunday (29 November).
MV Religious leaders in procession PAN TO Archbishop (singing in B/G)
MV Choir singing
SV Archbishop speaking, GVs congregation
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: DR. RAMSEY: "It is in the light of Jesus we get a true sight of other people, God's likeness--God's likeness is there. We pray and we love. So there in the light of Jesus we see Jesus himself, we see ourselves. We began to seek other people. Now, what happens as a result? That fear can be lessened and driven away and also that human fellowship begins to be possible."
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Background: Five thousand people crowded into a boxing stadium converted into a great open-air church in Soweto, the sprawling collection of African townships just outside Johannesburg on Sunday (29 November). They were at the stadium to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury preach at a special High Mass.
Dr. Michael Ramsey walked into the hot dusty stadium at the end of a procession of about 100 African clergy and local bishops. The ceremony was described as one of the most moving of the Archbishop's South African tour.
Two young men carried the train of his chasuble as the Archbishop in full regalia--a sight never witnessed by many in the mostly African congregation before--mounted the steps of the stage that for the day had become the setting for the altar.
The Archbishop took his seat, shielded from the burning African sun beneath a canopy of scarlet edged with gold.
The Advent Sunday service was performed in the language of the Africans present--the Gospel in Tswana, the Creed and Sanctus in Xhosa, the Agnus Dei in Zulu.
Following his sermon, the congregation knelt at Holy Communion.
Soweto, with a population of about 600,000 is one of the largest black urban populations in the world.