Yesterday was a special sunday for all the catholics christians here in Tamatave diocese. This last November, 24th, 2008, His Grace René Joseph Rakotondrabe has left his throne for retirement. He spent 37 years of cervice as a bishop in his life which in 20 years was only in Tamatave diocese. Only the day when he left his throne, Pope Benoit 16 appointed His Grace Désiré Tsarahazana as his successor. Yesterday, was a very huge ceremonious to make official the new heir to the throne. This very big mass took place in the large Holy Joseph boy cathedral courtyard and was assisted by dioceses leaders around Madagascar; Tamatave’s authorities such as Atsinanana region chief Mr Andriamorasata Julien, The mayor of Tamatave Rakotomanana Gervé, ex-deputy of Tamatave Mrs Jouanita and indeed ” Nionce apostolique” His Grace Kassuja Augustin was preseting there also for Pope Benoit 16.
After the opening ceremony, Kassuja Augustin started from reading the text writen by Benoit 16 in Greek language then translated in Malagasy to designate His Grace Désiré Tsarahazan as a next bishop who will work in Tamatave diocese. Then many many people were coming to congrate and offer him something to mark this special sunday, on the other hand, he gave his new photo to the givers also.
Yesterday was his first time to lead a liturgy after having his walking stick for governing.
As a ceremony, many people marked this special event by making a different kinds of show for the new bishop.
At the end of the ceremony, almost of the importants people took a speech to give their impressions and they didn’t forget to thank to the Lord God who gives us an opportunity to realise this mass. The only one thing impressed me best there was the new bishop slogan: ” …, but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:21.
Some say that, in many years ago, Tamatave diocese didn’t have such event like this. It was really wonderful reception ceremony. And life continue….
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