Joint prayer service held for Archbishop Tutu & Bishop Albertyn in CT

Both Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Bishop Charles Albertyn have been hospitalised for persistent illnesses.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter Mpho delivers a scripture reading at a joint prayer service held on Sunday 6 September 2015 for her father and Bishop Charles Albertyn. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A joint prayer service was held in Bonteheuwel for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Bishop Charles Albertyn today.

Both clergymen have been hospitalised for persistent illnesses in recent weeks.

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba began the service with a prayer and a moment of silence for the two clergyman being honoured this afternoon.

He appealed for prayers for Tutu and Albertyn's speedy recovery.

The Arch has been receiving intravenous treatment for a persistent infection in hospital for the past two weeks, but was discharged a few days ag o.

The 83-year-old anti-apartheid icon has been in and out of hospital since July, while Albertyn is battling pneumonia.

Makgoba however has stressed today's service is not a last resort, but an opportunity to surround the affected families with prayer and well wishes.