Torres Novas, Portugal, December 7, 2017
With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and with the consent of Bishop Nestor of Korsun, regular liturgical services began in a newly-established parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Portuguese city of Torres Novas on December 3, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
This is the second parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to open in Portugal in the past two months.
The first Divine Liturgy on this way was celebrated by Archpriest Nikolai Pavlishin of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who was appointed to pastor the newly-formed community.
During the service, in which participated both Ukrainians and Orthodox of other nationalities, prayers were lifted up for peace in Ukraine.
There are a significant number of Ukrainians living in Torres Novas and the surrounding communities. Thus, the need for a Ukrainian parish was long overdue.
Another Ukrainian Orthodox parish was formed in the city of Braga on November 12 this year under Archpriest Tarasy Ladetsky.
Both parishes will have regular weekly services.