GERMANY. Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Hamburg celebrates its first patronal feast

October 14, 2017.  On the day of the Intercession of the Theotokos, the Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Hamburg (Germany) celebrated its first patronal feast.

The community was founded a year ago with the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, in agreement with the late Archbishop Feofan of Berlin and Germany (Russian Orthodox Church).

On the day of the patronal parish feast, Ukrainians who live and work in and around Hamburg all gathered at the church. Worshiping together with them during the festal Divine services were Serbian, Russian, Orthodox German and even Greek faithful.

The Divine Liturgy was performed by the Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych in concelebration with the Rector of the parish Father Ioann Sukhoniak. The Divine service was celebrated in the Ukrainian, Church Slavonic and Serbian languages.

During the Divine Liturgy, a prayer for peace was offered up unto the Lord for Ukraine. After the Divine service, all those present were invited to the festal meal.

Despite the fact that the parish is mostly made up of Ukrainians, the parishioners themselves believe that their community should not be confined to the Ukrainian language and culture, but should be open to Orthodox from other nationalities, since the Church of Christ by its nature is supranational. In addition, even in Ukraine itself, the Church has both Ukrainian and Russian-speaking believers. Therefore, the task of the Church, especially in the diaspora, is to unite people of different cultures, while still giving them the opportunity to preserve their mother tongue and culture abroad.

The Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Hamburg (Germany) celebrates Divine Services every Saturday at the Archangel Michael church of the Serbian Orthodox Church which is at: Schellingstraße 7, 22089 Hamburg.

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