- Dec 9, 2007
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Source (in Finnish)A parish of Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been established in Finland. The parish's priest lives in Denmark.
Bishop Hagos of Northern Europe visited in Helsinki in June to establish a parish which serves Ethiopians in their own language. Parish's Ethiopian priest Zemichael Deressa Seboka lives in Denmark and visits Finland couple of times a year.
There are 800 Ethiopians in Finland. Many of them are members of Helsinki's [Eastern] Orthodox parish. Even before Ethiopians have arranged own activity lead by the priest who lives in Denmark. Events has been organized in the facilities of Helsinki's [Eastern] Orthodox parish.
[EO] metropolitan Ambrose of Helsinki understands many Ethiopian's urge to have their own parish. Many feel that it is important to participate services in their own language with their own liturgical tradition. Finnish Orthodox Church and Ethiopian Orthodox Church are also officially not in communion with each other so some Ethiopians doesn't want to participate the Eucharist of an another church.
- Bishop Hagos is of that opinion that members of Ethiopian Orthodox Church should not take part of our Eucharist. Still, we have had a custom of eucharistic hospitality and we will continue that custom, metropolitan Ambrosius says.
There are dozens of Ethiopians who participate in Helsinki's [Eastern] Orthodox parish's activities and will continue there despite establishing of the new parish.
Ethiopian Orthodox Church is a part of Oriental Orthodox Church who was separated from the undivided church of the time. There are Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who live in diaspora in Australia, Europe, USA and all around the World.
The Ethiopian Church has 30 million members and is led by patriarch Paulos.