Biblical text written to mark 40th anniversary of the appearance of mysterious cross at Pangai

A Biblical and theological analysis has been written to mark the 40th anniversary of the appearance of a mysterious cross at the Pangai, Ha’apai’s Free Wesleyan church compound on  October 26,1975.

The document, a Biblical and theological exegesis of Mystery (mysterium Deo) in presenting the Mystery Cross at Pangai, Ha’apai, was written by Rev Dr Mohenoa Puloka.

It was accompanied by a Langimana ‘o e Kolosi Ne Hā Fakamisiteli, a song for the mysterious cross that is said to have danced.

Rev Puloka told Kaniva News the Langimana ‘o e Kolosi Fakamisiteli was performed at the Royal Palace when they performed the fakatakatōfā – the song or faiva (group dance) performed to awake the king early in the morning – during the coronation celebrations in July.

According to Rev Puloka, on the day the cross appeared, the Minister in Charge of Young People and Evangelism Ministries, Rev Kalavite ‘Uhila, was on his way to the church for a preaching service at about 5am when he saw a bright light in the church grounds.

Rev ‘Uhila braved himself by walking straight toward the light, which he discerned  as a cross lying on the ground to the east of the church.

After the early service, Rev ‘Uhila revealed the existence of the mysterious cross to the senior pastor, Rev. Vili Fatai Koli, Rev. Haitini Fīnau, the Principal of Taufaʻāhau and Pilolevu College, and the congregation.

“They all went outside and confirmed the presence of the mystery cross,” Rev Puloka told Kaniva News.

“By then the light had gone out, but the outline of this mystery cross was permanently embedded on the ground and the grass turned deep yellowish green.”

The cross was 30 feet and eight inches (10 metres and 20 cm) long and 23 feet four inches (seven metres and 10 cm) along the crossbar. The long part of the cross was three feet and four inches (one  metre) wide.

It is understood the outline of the mysterious cross was later cemented to maintain its original shape.

Rev Dr Puloka said he believed: “The mystery cross is the only known and confirmed imprimatur cross delivered by angelic hosts from heaven.”

“The instance was quickly relayed to the President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, the Rev. Dr. Sione ‘Amanaki Havea, at Nukuʻalofa.

“After confirming the existence of the cross, Rev. Dr. Havea duly informed his Majesty, King Taufaʻāhau Tupou IV. About a week later, His Majesty paid a visit to the mystery cross at Pangai, Haʻapai.”

After the king confirmed for himself the presence of the cross he held a brief press conference and said the mystery cross found its home at the hereditary home of King Taufaʻāhau Tupou I.

His Majesty said the magical cross appeared on the same ground where Taufaʻāhau knelt for baptism by the Rev. John Thomas on August 7, 1831.

”This cross is God’s confirmation of that 1839 covenant in which King Taufaʻāhau Tupou I offered the people and the land of Tonga to God: God and Tonga are my heritage,” Rev Dr Puloka said.

The main points

  • A Biblical and theological analysis is being written to mark the 40th anniversary of the appearance of a mysterious cross at the Pangai, Ha’apai’s Free Wesleyan church compound on October 26,1975.
  • The document was written by Rev Dr Mohenoa Puloka.
  • Rev Dr Puloka said he believed: “The mystery cross is the only known and confirmed imprimatur cross delivered by angelic hosts from heaven.”
  • His Majesty said the magical cross appeared on the same ground where King Taufa’ahau Tupou I knelt for baptism by the Rev. John Thomas on August 7, 1831.

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