Norwegian churches gather in prayer for Ukraine
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit light candles for peace
On March 1, the Trinity Church in Oslo was filled with prayers for peace in Ukraine. A number of churches were present. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess lit candles during the service.
“Together with churches around the world, we pray for a just peace. We ask for an end to the war in Ukraine and for protection and help for all those affected in war and conflict-ridden areas,” said Bishop Kari Veiteberg of the Oslo diocese before the service.
“We stand together in prayer for peace from many different denominations and from official Norway, and we are grateful that the Crown Prince and Crown Princess are present and share this important evening with us,” said Secretary General Erhard Hermansen of the Norwegian Christian Council at the beginning of the service.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit lit candles, as did Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Emilie Enger Mehl.
The Trinity Church and the Christian Council of Norway arranged the service and gathered a number of churches to participate, including the Orthodox Church, which is the main church in Ukraine.
“It is important that we believers show that, after all, it is possible to show love and care through prayer”, said Father John of the Orthodox Church in Norway.
On Feb. 28, the Co-operation Council for Religious and Religious Communities condemned the invasion of Ukraine. The council consists of 15 member communities.
Translated by Lori Ann Reinhall