Oldest Orthodox church in Estonia celebrates 300th anniversary

Tallinn, Estonia, September 23, 2021

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On Tuesday, September 21, the oldest Orthodox church in Estonia celebrated both its patronal feast and its 300th anniversary.

The Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Tallinn was consecrated on the day of the feast itself in 1721.

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In honor of the double celebration, His Eminence Metropolitan Evgeny of Tallinn and All Estonia celebrated the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy on Monday and Tuesday, reports the site of the Estonian Church.

The feast was attended by Abbess Philareta of Pukhtitsa Convent in Estonia, the Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Tallinn, and other officials and public figures.

At the end of the Liturgy, a procession was held around the church, then a litiya was served inside the church, and a memorial plaque for the officers and lower ranks of the 91st Dvinsky Infantry Regiment who died in the First World War was opened.

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After hanging out ecclesiastical awards, Met. Evgeny congratulated the parish on its anniversary and gave the floor to Abbess Philareta, who gave a heartfelt speech and presented a copy of the Pukhtitsa Dormition Icon of the Mother of God as a gift to the Nativity of the Theotokos Church.

The celebrations concluded with the planting of a young oak tree in the courtyard of the church in honor of the 300th anniversary.

A film dedicated to the parish will premier at the Russian Cultural Center in Tallinn today.

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Panagiotis9/24/2021 2:17 am
The Orthodox Church is now the largest Christian denomination in Estonia... This is remarkable since Estonia was historically a Protestant Nation, mainly Lutheran... The Lutheran Church in Estonia ordains so-called "woman pastors"... if the Orthodox Church ever goes down this liberal road and ordains so-called "woman priests" then our Church will become weak ... in the Orthodox Church a woman is not permitted in the Altar... Orthodox Church must not give in one inch to liberalism, not one inch... if we give liberalism an inch, it will eventually take a mile.....
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