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The women cleaning the church grounds
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Adding the final touches to the Canterbury Cross
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The Girl Guides clearing rubble from the building site
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Hard work got the site cleared in time for the inauguration
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Willing Hands Transformed Building Site before Inauguration
By Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza
June 30, 2007

A look behind the scenes at final preparations for the successful launch of the new Cathedral earlier this month

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Mothers' Union and the young people of the congregation put in a lot of hard work to prepare the grounds of the new St Matthew's Cathedral for its successful launch on the 17th June 2007.

The young people, especially the Girl Guides, worked hard to clear the area around the church of stones and builder's rubble. The Mothers' Union also showed their care and concern in action to get the new Cathedral clean and tidy for its inauguration day. These super-motivated young and older ladies were not afraid to get their hands dirty and do the hard work usually done by boys.

Two young artists, Baba and Seguied, put the finishing touches to the centrepiece at the front of the new Cathedral: a Canterbury Cross that measures nearly two metres across. A metal Compassrose placed in the centre of the cross was a gift presented to Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza by Canon Kenneth Kearon, General Secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council, during his visit to the Indian Ocean Provincial Synod in Antsiranana, Madagascar, in February this year.

The Canterbury Cross is flanked by the two colourful paintings of the Antsiranana Malagasy Jesus and the Antsiranana Malagasy Virgin Mary.