Norwegian churches open their doors to Ukrainian refugees at Easter

St Mary Church - BergenPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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Norwegian churches will offer translated church texts, language cafés, interpreters, and free concerts to Ukrainian refugees at Easter, the newspaper Vårt Land.

The newspaper has spoken to churches in several places in the country.

Priest Beate Iren Lerdahl in Bergen believes the offer is well received among Ukrainian refugees. 67% of Ukraine’s population consider themselves Orthodox Christians.

“There are many intense meetings, and it is noticeable that the Ukrainian refugees benefit greatly from the translated liturgy. The liturgy and the music appeal to them,” Lerdahl said.

Multiple activities planned

The Pentecostal church Oasen in Søgne has also planned several activities for Ukrainian refugees to participate in at Easter. In collaboration with the Christian motorcycle club Disciples, the church brought in 40 refugees from a Ukrainian church. Usually, they have 110 churchgoers.

“We have had good experiences, but it has also been a dire situation for many,” Daniel Kolltveit, head pastor of the congregation, noted.

Father Myron Kuspys is affiliated with St. Hallvard Parish in Oslo, responsible for multiple Ukrainian-speaking Catholics. He states that they will follow the usual program on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve.

“We are open to everyone in the church, and we try to integrate new people,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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