"Statistics show that more and more ethnic Germans have been converting to Orthodoxy in recent years"
The opening of the first Orthodox church in the history of the western Germany city of Bonn was held yesterday. The festive event was attended by several hundred people, reports Zvezda.
The opening of the new Russian Orthodox Church dedicated to the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Empress Helen was known not just in Bonn, but throughout western Germany as a whole.
Statistics show that more and more ethnic Germans have been converting to Orthodoxy in recent years.
Bonn has been home to the Orthodox community of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God since 1964, mainly consisting of Russian-speakers, which rented a small room in an Evangelical church.
Now, several decades later, a philanthropist bought out the Evangelical church and transferred it to the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox faithful baked pirozhki and other traditional Russian dishes for the celebration.
Services in the church will be served in both Russian and German.
Archbishop Theophan of the Diocese of Berlin of the Moscow Patriarchate recently departed to the Lord on September 11. The diocese is temporarily being administered by Bishop Anton of Zvenigorod.
Between the parishes directly under the Moscow Patriarchate, and those within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church has over 150 parishes in Germany.