Since 1994, the Finnish Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate has celebrated the achievements of the mothers among its flock. Mothers who have served the work of the Church in various ways, by educating, guiding, supporting and participating are annually awarded. All of the recipients are women who have their Orthodox faith at the center of their lives, according to the site of the Finnish Orthodox Church.
The Order of the Holy Lamb was established in 1935 and is given to those who have served in the Church in a notable way.
His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Helsinki and All Finland has again appealed to the dioceses and parishes of the Finnish Church with a request to nominate mothers worthy of the Church award.
Parishioners’ proposals are being accepted by parish rectors, who will then transfer the lists to the Archdiocesan Chancellery by February 19. The awards are being given on Palm Sunday, which for the Finnish Orthodox Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which celebrates Lent and Pascha according to the Gregorian Paschalion, falls on March 25 this year.
As in previous years, the nominated mothers will be presented with the Order of the Holy Lamb 1st Degree. The celebration will be held in Helsinki’s Dormition Cathedral on Palm Sunday following the Divine Liturgy.