Cornerstone of the Orthodox church on Island consecrated
His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk consecrated on May 12, 2011 in Reykjavik the cornerstone of a future church of the Russian Orthodox Church. To the delight of all Orthodox christians, and among them also the members of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the presence of the President of Iceland Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the delegation of the Russian Duma, led by vice president of the Parliament Mrs. Ljuba Konstantinova Slisk, the ten-year-long dream has come true - the beginning of the construction of the Orthodox church dedicated to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
The priest of the Russian Orthodox Church protopresbyter f. Timofey Zolotuski, has been living for six years in Iceland, serving in a temporary church and he is the first Orthodox priest who lives in this northernmost European island country. Fr. Timofey on April 29, in the Russian embassy signed the contract with the mayor of Reykjavik granting two plots for the future church, additional rooms and a flat for the priest.
The area of both lands is about 1000 square meters, the planned height of the church is about 20 meters and the completion of construction is expected to be in 2013.
The members of the Serbian choir Manasija, which has been working since 2004, participated the ceremony and enhanced it with its chanting.
Nebojsa Colic, Island