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ALMA Sundays

Each year, ALMA celebrates its partners on ALMA Sunday, usually the Sunday nearest 12 July. There is often a special service in St Paul’s Cathedral, and parishes are encouraged to hold ALMA Sunday celebrations.

2018

ALMA Sunday was on 8 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop of Niassa, Bishop Vicente Msosa, preached, Archdeacon Emmanuel Dacosta read a lesson and a group of visitors from St Stephen’s Luanda were present.

We have a transcript of the sermon given by Bishop Vincente (PDF file299Kb) available to download.

There is also a gallery of pictures from the service available.

Earlier Years

We have an archive of some of the ALMA Sunday services from earlier years.

Here is a prayer that can be used for ALMA Sunday:

Father God we hold ALMA before you today, thanking you for the last twenty years and the deep fellowship and friendship that has grown between the Anglican churches of Angola, London and Mozambique. We ask your continued blessing on our partnership, praising you for the joys and sorrows shared, challenges faced, and the years ahead. May we continue to learn from each other and see your kingdom come in Angola, London and Mozambique.

We remember today the ALMA bishops, Bishop André Soares, Bishop Carlos Matsinhe, Bishop Vicente Msosa, Bishop Manuel Ernesto and Bishop Rob Wickham, all priests, lay ministers, catechists, community ministers especially the Mothers’ Union, Equipa da Vida and the Bernard Mizeki Guild.

We acknowledge the huge issues of climate change, poverty and hunger and pray that our partnership has a prophetic voice alongside serving hands and hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus who sends his church to love and serve the world. Amen.

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