Orthodox Easter services held in Yemen for the first time in history
- 28 April 2006, 16:06 Orthodox Easter services held in Yemen for the first time in history
Moscow, April 28, Interfax - The first ever Orthodox services were celebrated during the Passion Week and Easter in Yemen.
To conduct them, special places were arranged at the Russian embassy in Sana and the Russian general consulate in Aden. The services celebrated by staff members of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations were attended by Russian diplomats, Russians residing in Yemen, as well as Orthodox faithful from other countries, the official web-site of the Russian Orthodox Church reports on Friday.
The first Divine Liturgy of the Russian tradition to be celebrated in Yemen was conducted on the Great Thursday. During subsequent days, full canonical services were held in Sana to be crowned with a solemn celebration at Easter night.
The Easter services continued in Aden, where vespers and matins were conducted on April 24, followed by the Divine Liturgy the following day, which was attended by a great number of worshippers.
The rector of the Anglican parish in Aden welcomed the guests and told them about the life of the Christian community in the city. The community runs an eye hospital and takes care of sailors from vessels touching at the port and Christians who have emigrated to Yemen from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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