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Rededication of century-old bell

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CATHOLICS in Somosomo, Taveuni witnessed the rededication of the 100-year-old Muaniseva Church bell last Saturday.

Officiating at the event, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said the toll of the bell in the past had stirred the former Tui Cakau Ratu Golea and his people to convert to Christianity and it would carry out the same task again but this time to bring change to the lives of the people in the village.

Archbishop Chong said the bell signified the calling of God in every individual's life.

He said this calling was similar to the calling that their chief Ratu Golea answered by receiving the first cross and Christianity 150 years ago.

Archbishop Chong prayed for peace and religious unity on the island.

He told church members who gathered to witness the historical occasion, that Ratu Golea's calling was more of a physical experience while theirs was more of a spiritual one.

Also present at the occasion was the Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, his wife Emily Lalabalavu and representatives from the chiefly clan of Lalagavesi.

Muaniseva parishioner Volau Yavalanavanua said the benediction of the bell was a proud moment for church members.

The bell was christened Bernadette when it was installed in the church premises 100 years ago and was lately refurbished for the 150th anniversary celebrations on the island.





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