The office of the Holy Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church has announced that it will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of independence with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
The central event will be held on Sunday, October 28 at the Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene in Warsaw, with the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland with the concelebration of the bishops of the Polish Holy Synod.
Following the Liturgy, at the monument to Fr. Simon Fedoronko, a service will be celebrated in memory of those who died in the fight for Polish freedom. A concert of ecclesiastical and patriotic songs will also be held in the evening at the Royal Castle.
Fr. Simon was a Protopresbyter and head chaplain of the Polish army, with the rank of colonel. He was arrested and placed in a concentration camp on September 17, 1939 and was later executed in the Kazyn massacre in late 1940.
An exhibition dedicated to Metropolitan Dionysios Waledyński will also be opened in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Center of Orthodox Culture.
2018 marks the the centenary of the state of Poland regaining its independence. Following the First World War and after spending 123 years divided amongst the three neighbouring powers, Poland regained its sovereignty on 11 November 1918.
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