Swedish mass media announce the consecration of first Orthodox church by Ukrainian Metropolitan in the north of the country (VIDEO)

On November 26, 2017 His Eminence Metropolitan Luka of Zaporizhzhya and Melitopol consecrated the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Swedish city of Boliden, which is in the north of the country. After the solemn church service, the hierarch answered questions from local media.

Your Eminence, please allow me to thank you for coming to our city for joint prayer and the consecration of the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. This is a very important moment in the life of Orthodox Sweden, and especially remarkable in that the consecration of this church coincides with the 400th Anniversary of the Orthodox mission in our country. This is an extremely important event for all Orthodox believers in Sweden, given the fact that this is the first Orthodox church in the north, and it is pleasing that now anyone can come here to pray. We hope that the services in our new church will also be held in English and in Swedish. If you could now please allow me ask you a few questions.


– Tell me, why was it decided to establish an Orthodox church in Boliden?

The fact is that there are people here who were born and raised in the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, which is located on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya eparchy and is, in fact, the second Cathedral city. Despite the fact that they came here to live, our prayerful bonds were not severed. When the local Ukrainian Orthodox community was presented with the opportunity to purchase premises for a future church, I was consequently asked to assist with the establishment of an Orthodox parish here in Boliden.

Many Swedes are interested in the future plans of the Orthodox Church in our country.

The main mission of the Church is to bring people to Christ for salvation. The basis of church life, of course, is liturgical communion, the eucharistic unity. Everything else – may be seen as being helpful instruments in the process of bringing man to Christ. Therefore, during this first stage, we shall try to hold church services as often as possible here. During out of church service hours, the parish priest will devote as much time as possible to help people find their way back to God.

Tell me, who will be bearing the cost of maintenance and upkeep of this parish?

The parish, by its very nature, is a union of parishioners gathered around their church for the sake of communal prayer, and cooperation for the glory of the Lord. Therefore, as established by the age-old practice, Church premises are maintained thanks to the efforts of its own parishioners.

In the contemporary world it is extremely difficult to find one’s way back to God, because there are numerous religions, various denominations, and sects. Can you offer any comments with regards to this?

First and foremost, we discuss Christ and preserve traditions that have foundations that go back to the holy apostles themselves. In fact, our Church was founded by Christ Himself, and has been around for some two thousand years. We make every effort to preserve its teachings, so as to multiply its fruits, but with the preservation of the true faith, without any amendments or adjustments to its doctrinal foundations which may be done for the sake of some temporary convenience for certain people.

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