6 March 2014
I wish to offer my condolences to you once again on the death of Archbishop Lawrence Henry. Archbishop Henry specified clearly in his will that he was not to lie in state after his death and that his earthly remains should not be shown. Furthermore, he requested not to be buried in the Cathedral but at our site at Woltemade Cemetery. We will respect his wishes. The Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Friday 14 March 2014, 19h00 we will have Evening Prayer followed by a Vigil Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Cape Town.
Saturday 15 March 2014, 10hoo the Requiem Mass will take place at the Good Hope Centre.
We will then proceed to Woltemade Cemetery for the burial.
I request the priests and deacons to bring their own white vestments for both Masses.
Good Hope Centre can accommodate up to 5000 people. For that reason I encourage you to request parishioners who are able, to attend the Vigil Mass and not to go to both events. Furthermore, I suggest that parishes hold their own memorial services for Archbishop Henry.
Yours sincerely in Christ
Archbishop of Cape Town
Also, please be informed that regarding the funeral arrangements for the late Archbishop Henry, Books of Condolences will be available at the Chancery, Cathedral and at St Martin De Porres Catholic Church, Lavistown for the people to write personal messages.
The books will be available during the Vigil service on 14 March 2014 at the Cathedral, and also during the funeral service at the Good Hope Centre on 15 March 2014.
Thereafter one book will be on display at the Chancery until 15 April 2014 for those who still wish to leave their message of condolences.