Russian Orthodox Church in Finland

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Russian Orthodox Church in Finland
Church of the Protection of the Theotokos in Helsinki.jpg
Church of the Protection of the Theotokos in Helsinki
Independence 1926
Recognition Semi-Autonomous
Primate Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
Headquarters Patriarchal: Moscow, Russia
Jurisdictional: Helsinki, Finland
Territory Finland
Members ~ 3,000
Website www.finland.orthodoxy.ru

Russian Orthodox Church in Finland is a semi-autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church formed in 1926. An official headquarter of the Moscow Patriarchate, led by Father Viktor Lyutik, was opened in Helsinki in 1999.[1]

The Russian Orthodox Church in Finland is organized in two parishes, St. Nikolaos Orthodox Parish in Helsinki and the Intercession Orthodox Parish. They are maintaining six churches in Helsinki, Turku, Pori and Sastamala. Total number of registered members is some 3,000, most of them hold Finnish citizenship.[2] The largest community is the St. Nikolaos Orthodox Parish with more than 2,400 members.[3] The Spaso-Preobrazenskaja community in Tampere is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

History[edit]

The Finnish Orthodox Church disengaged from the Russian Orthodox Church in 1923 as a result of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Independence of Finland. Some of the Orthodox in Finland wanted to retain the traditional Russian ways, like the use of Church Slavonic in liturgy and the Julian calendar, so they formed their own congregation.[2] The first parish, Private Orthodox Society, was established in Vyborg. From 1931 to 1945 Russian Orthodox Church in Finland was under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Churches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Представительство Московского Патриархата в Финляндии Russian Orthodox Church in Finland Official Homepage (in Russian). Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Moscow-affiliated Russian Orthodox church grows in Helsinki". Helsingin Sanomat. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish, Helsinki Retrieved 8 June 2014.

External links[edit]

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