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).