A crypt is from Latin crypta meaning a vault. It is a stone chamber beneath the floor of a church or other building that typically contains coffins or religious relics.
The late archbishop is the second bishop to be laid at the Crypt after the late Mombasa Archbishop John Njenga in accordance to his wish to be buried in Nairobi.
The concept of the crypt is drawn from the persecution of Christians forced to worship in caves which were later termed as catacombs.
The Christians who died at the caves were buried there and the idea was preserved and brought into the modern day.
Burying the Former archbishop in the crypt is in line with the long standing Catholic church traditions where many cathedrals over the world have crypts holding the remains of their bishop and cardinals.
In Kenya the Holy Family Basilica is the second Catholic Church to have a crypt with the first being at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Embu.
Friar Simon Peter Kamomoe had explained that the crypt had been conceptualized by Cardinal John Njue so as to honor the practice of the Catholic Church.
In cases where there were no crypt, Bishops would still be buried somewhere around the church by excavating and creating a grave which is not as decent as using crypt.
Archbishop Ndingi's burial was attended by only 100 invited friends and family.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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