Orthodox Easter celebrations in the Royal Chapel for Ukrainian refugees
Following a decision by HM The King, the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace was made available to Ukrainian refugees so that they could celebrate Orthodox Easter.
More than 400 Ukrainians attended the service, which opened with Princess Sofia and Paster Michael Bjerkhagen welcoming them. Ukrainian Orthodox priest Cyril Hovorun then led the service, which was sung in Church Slavonic.
Michael Bjerkhagen concluded by reading from psalter 31, a bible text that has been read daily in Ukraine and in churches around the world since the outbreak of the war. The congregation then sang the peace prayer Tebje Pajom ('Give us peace') together.
After the service, the attendees were offered Ukrainian paska Easter bread and the children were given Easter eggs.
The Red Cross also attended to offer counselling.