Consecration of St. Olav Orthodox chapel in Folldal, Norway
The chapel was built|
at Steinhaugen farm
in the hills of
It has a traditional
The interior is decorated|
according to the
Orthodox Church tradition.
The icons of Christ
and Virgin Mary
at the iconostasis have been
painted in St. Petersburg.
An art exhibition|
was opened in the barn.
The building process
has been led by
the owner of the farm
(Jon Føyn Johannessen).
The consecration took place on
In the evening of
At his arrival, the faithful got his blessing.
Priestmonk Clement takes confession.
The bell is ringing at the beginning of the service.
Bishop Hilarion celebrates the Lesser Blessing of waters and consecrates the chapel.
Guests, officials and many local folks are attending the ceremony (and so are newspaper, radio and TV reporters).
After the consecration, speeches are given and presents passed to monk Jonah.
Following the consecration and addresses, Bishop Hilarion leads everyone to the first Divine Liturgy in the chapel.
(Orthodox services are quite long;|
the Liturgy lasted two hours.
I did not take pictures during it, because
the chapel was tightly packed with people)
Some more portraits...
At the end of the feast at Steinhaugen farm, everyone gathers for a group picture.
See also: Official page of the chapel (in Norwegian or Russian).
Some of the above pictures decorate the rooms in the Christ the Savior Orthodox church in Oslo.
Note from 2006: Ive since figured out religion and become an atheist VM.