Thanksgiving Eucharist for Anglican Province of Hong Kong
Thursday 11th October 2018
Bishop Martin has flown 6,000 miles to attend an anniversary celebration for the Anglican Church in Hong Kong.
Bishop Martin was there to represent the Most Revd Justin Welby, who as the Archbishop of Canterbury is the Primate of All England and the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Bishop Martin took part in the Thanksgiving Eucharist to mark the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Anglican Province of Hong Kong, Sheng Kung Hui, in October 1998. The Celebration Service was attended by more than 3,000 people including guests from across China and East Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. It was followed by a banquet for 2,300 people. Bishop Martin said it was an immense privilege to be part of these celebrations and to be honoured with such a prominent place in the proceedings, presenting greetings from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The invitation came from the Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong, and the event took place at AsiaWorld-Expo.
Bishop Martin said: ‘‘This was an important milestone for the Anglican Church in Hong Kong and I am delighted to have taken part, sharing in the celebrations with Christian brothers and sisters. I know Hong Kong and several of the Anglican communities there, so I was especially glad to be celebrating with good friends. The Archbishop of Canterbury was invited to attend the celebrations and I was honoured to participate on his behalf in what was an uplifting and joyous celebration."
Although the Province, a group of dioceses working together, is 20 years old, the history of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong and Macau dates back to the mid-nineteenth century and the Church has therefore had a presence there for more than 150 years. Celebrations for the anniversary have been taking place over recent months. In May 8,000 people, including teachers, social workers, priests and parishioners, attended a celebration of the evangelism, education and social service ministries of the Church in HOng Kong which shows how much interest and support there is for the Anglican Church in this extremely diverse, multi-faith and international city.
Bishop Martin added: ‘‘While I have visited Hong Kong several times before, this was my first visit since I became Bishop and I have been looking forward to telling old and new friends about our life in Suffolk!”
Picture: Bishop Martin Seeley, on the left, in the middle is his host, the Archbishop of Hong Kong, the Most Revd Paul Kwong, and on the right, the preacher at the service, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Fearon.