Stone From Druya Became Cornerstone Of Belarusian Church In London
A cornerstone consecration ceremony of the Greek Catholic church of St. Cyrill of Turau and All Saint Patrons of Belarusian People took place on 7 February in London.
It is symbolic that the stone had been brought from a Belarusian city Druya, from the Holy Trinity church, where many priests who became famous abroad began their service.
The Apostolic Nucnio to Great BRitain Archbishop Antonio Menini and the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic diocese of the Holy Family in London Hlib Lonchyna and other priests serving in the UK attended the ceremony.
The church of St Cyril of Turau and All the Patron Saints of the Belarusian People will be a memorial to the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and we will commemorate its 30th anniversary in April of this year. It will be London’s first newly built wooden church building since the Great Fire, and the first Belarusian Catholic church ever built outside of Belarus.
“A church is musch more than a religious institution. An active social life goes around the church – different meeting and events take place at the Marian House, a Sunday School is open for children, and Belarusian classes for foreigners. The Church in Great Britain popularizes Belarus in the local society”, – tells the pastor of Greek Catholics in London.
On the photo: f. Syarhei Stasievich, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Belarus Archbishop Anonio Menini and the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic diocese of the Holy Family in London Hlib Lonchyna
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