A patronal festival


Thursday was St Michael and All Angels.  We set off to a church dedicated to St Michael.  An early evening drink at a bar first – local araki and beer – ‘for strength’ my companions said, and it turned out they were right – we needed it.  We arrived in church later that evening.  it was another all night session.  Singing and dancing through  the night.  Eucharist from 6 till 9 am.  Then the tabot – which is a kind of consecrated altar plate which rests on the altar – is taken out of the church on the head of the priest and carried around the building to great joy and excitement from the crowd outside – seen above from the back since I was placed in the procession as a guest so this was my view.  Then two hours more of performance by the Sunday School – above right – and speeches.  I could not guess at the numbers outside for this final two hours – thousands rather than hundreds.  When all this was over – we went to three houses one after the other and there was food and drink at each.

I slept well that night – and was in no doubt that we had celebrated the angels in style.

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