Sunday 28th June – Ndola
An African Mass.
I went to my first African mass today held in Christ the King Cathedral in Ndola. The Mass started at 7:30am and went on until 9am but I was in no hurry for it to end. I don’t know about you but I find Catholic masses in Ireland to be a chore, uninspiring and rote. African masses are different. I could have sat in the Cathedral all day watching the Youth Choir sway to the wonderful African music, full of rhythm and passion. The sermon given by Fr Nicholas lasted 15 minutes and was broken numerous times by clapping, shouting and laughter. In an African mass there is more singing than sermon, more dancing than devotion and among the congregation a warmth and sense of spirituality missing from its Irish equivalent.
Kevin Myers, the opinionated columnist for the Irish Independent newspaper once asked ‘What has Africa ever given us?’. The gift of sitting in an African church on a sunny Sunday morning allowing my spirit to be lifted by the singing is enough for me.
Travel Tip. Next time you are in the Copper Belt visit the Nsobe Game Camp www.nsobegamecamp.com situated around 45 minutes drive south of Ndola on 1,500 hectares of beautiful African woodlands. Fr Nicholas, Fr Eddy (a local priest) and myself arrived just before sunset and sat drinking beer beside a log fire overlooking the lake. A perfect end to a perfect day.
Press-ups 0, Situps 0, Bicep curls 0 (A day of rest)