Thursday, June 05, 2008

Young girl murdered

Alenda, an eight year old member of the Cathedral English congregation, was murdered in her home last week. With her mother Mary Ann, both from South Africa, the congregation has seen her grow since she was a toddler. The Cathedral was packed for the Funeral Eucharist and many, many tears shed for this beautiful young girl and her senseless and brutal death. Alenda had also been raped.
In his address the Bishop said that Jesus had been with her when she died, and that he, too, knew what a brutal and terrible death was, as he had died in such a way.
He also took words from Paul's letter to the Romans, "Who then can separate us from the love of Christ..... I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38f)
The photograph was taken in March 2003, when Alenda was baptised into Christ and became a member of his Body.

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