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Mourners lined up outside the Arena at Harbor Yard, as they gather for a Celebration of Life Homegoing Service for Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr. on Monday September 27, 2010 in Bridgeport, CT. Moales was the founding pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, and was the Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. As bishop, he presided over ten states as well as the Kunjalo Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Nearly 4,000 mourned the passing and celebrated the life of Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr. at a four-hour funeral that took place Monday in the Arena at Harbor Yard.

 

Moales not only built the Prayer Tabernacle Church of Love into one of the largest Pentecostal congregations in the Northeast, but was also a giant in the field of gospel music, and hundreds of those attending Monday’s service knew him best from his work with the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

 

Mourners came from across the nation to pay their last respects.

 

The service was led by Archbishop Metropolitan J. Delano Ellis II of Cleveland, who confessed that he “felt angry with God” upon hearing of Moales’ death on Sept. 20.

 

“I asked God, `If you were making up a list, why didn’t you check with me?’ ” But he added, “I might not always agree with God, but I always abided by His requirement to trust in Him.”

 

The event, punctuated by rousing speeches, singing and dancing, as well a tears and sorrow, was attended by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Mayor Bill Finch, who declared Monday as Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr. Day in the city.

 source: The Belle Report