The annual January worship service at Matsieng, home of Lesotho’s monarch, King Letsie III, was held on the 22nd. The service, led by the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), is held at the request of the Royal Family to thank God for life and protection over the Royal Family and the Basotho nation as a whole. Present were many members of the Royal Family, including Their Royal Majesties King Letsie III and Queen ‘Masenate. The Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Pakalitha Mosisili and his wife ‘M’e Mathato were also in attendance as well as a number of other government dignitaries.
Prior to the beginning of the service, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, the Principal Chief of Matsieng and younger brother of King Letsie III, reminded those in attendance of the significance of the month of January in the life of the Royal Family due to a number of family births and deaths which occurred during it.
LECSA Executive Secretary, Rev. Nelson Khethang Posholi, led the service. Scripture lessons were read from Jeremiah 26:12-15 and Romans 12:9-21. The LECSA Moderator, Rev. Tšeliso Simeon Masemene, preached the sermon. Also present were the LECSA Administrator Rev. Peter Koona Tefo, LECSA pastors and members and a large contingent of the LECSA Men’s Fellowship group Banna le Bahlankana.
The close relationship of the Royal Family and the LECSA dates back to 1833 when King Moshoeshoe I invited the first missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society who founded the church that is the LECSA today. Because of this shared history between the church and the monarchy, the Royal Family desires that this service continue on an annual basis.