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Nordic welcome

18 October 2013

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, a cathedral of the Church of Norway, recently welcomed the Nordic/Baltic deanery synod of the diocese in Europe to a shared eucharist on the feast of St Michael and All Angels.

The cathedral is built over the shrine of St Olaf, the patron saint of Norway, has a history going back to 1070 or before, and is the northernmost cathedral in Europe. With a west front not unlike that at Wells (although much rebuilt and restored), it has been Lutheran since the Reformation. It is where the kings of Norway are traditionally crowned.

The Church of Norway is in communion with the Anglican Churches of these islands through the Porvoo Agreement, and there are five congregations of the diocese in Europe in Norway. The deanery synod, presided over by the Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, the Ven. Jonathan LLoyd, meets once a year, and brings together Anglican clergy and laity from Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

This year, they were welcomed to the cathedral by the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Norway, the Most Revd Helga Haugland Byfuglien (centre in photo), and by the Dean of Trondheim, the Very Revd Ragnhild Jepsen (far left). "It was very special", the Archdeacon said, "to be in the pilgrimage church of St Olaf, to have Bishop Helga address the Synod, and to celebrate our Porvoo Communion together in worship and fellowship."

Pictured with the two Norwegian dignitaries are the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, the Rt Revd David Hamid (second from left); the Anglican Chaplain in Trondheim, the Revd Mary Strommem (second from right); and an Anglican Reader in Trondheim, Priscilla Beck (far right).

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