On May 6, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, the church Sainte-Photinie, in Mpaka, in the suburbs of Pointe-Noire, was consecrated. It will be the third parish community in the city, which is the second capital of the country.
The ceremony was presided by Metropolitan Panteleimon of Brazzaville and Gabon, assisted by the local clergy, in the presence of the authorities and a large number of faithful. The day before, the holy relics were placed in the church and Vespers was celebrated. On Sunday, immediately after the consecration, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Two new readers were tonsured and awards were given to Armand-Michel Massa, the great benefactor of the church as well as president of the council parish and member of the Metropolitan Council, and to other members, for their contribution to the completion of the construction work. The Metropolitan conveyed the gratitude of the Patriarch of Alexandria to all.
After the Liturgy, a festive lunch was held in the outer space of the church, with traditional songs and liturgical hymns performed by Orthodox choirs. The local TV, Télé Congo, and other local media covered the event.
The first stone of the new church had been laid in 2007 by Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria, during his official visit. For economic reasons, the project was interrupted and resumed in October 2014, under the leadership of Metropolitan Panteleimon.