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The '''Church of Finland''' is an [[autonomy|autonomous]] Orthodox church whose [[primate]] is confirmed by the [[Church of Constantinople]].  It is the second official state church of Finland, beside the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.  
 
The '''Church of Finland''' is an [[autonomy|autonomous]] Orthodox church whose [[primate]] is confirmed by the [[Church of Constantinople]].  It is the second official state church of Finland, beside the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.  
 
{{church|
 
{{church|
name= Orthodox Archdiocese of Finland|
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name=Orthodox Archdiocese of Finland[[Image:Finland logo.gif|center|Church of Finland]]|
founder= Monks of [[Valaam Monastery]]|
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founder=Tsar Alexander I |
 
independence=1918 |
 
independence=1918 |
recognition= 1923 by [[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]], 1957 by [[Church of Russia|Russia]] |
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recognition=1923 by [[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]], 1957 by [[Church of Russia|Russia]]|
 
primate=[[Leo (Makkonen) of Finland|Archbishop Leo]]|
 
primate=[[Leo (Makkonen) of Finland|Archbishop Leo]]|
 
hq=Kuopio, Finland|
 
hq=Kuopio, Finland|
 
territory=Finland|
 
territory=Finland|
possessions= Estonia|
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possessions=Estonia|
 
language=Finnish|
 
language=Finnish|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
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== History ==
 
== History ==
The Orthodox faith was the earliest form of Christianity to arrive in Finland. It spread to southern Finland and to the people of Karelia around Lake Ladoga through trade and other contacts with the East over 1,000 years ago. The founding of monasteries on the islands of Lake Ladoga contributed significantly to the spreading and establishment of the Orthodox faith in eastern Finland. The monasteries were important missionary centres.
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The Orthodox faith was the earliest form of Christianity to arrive in Finland. It spread to southern Finland and to the people of Karelia around Lake Ladoga through trade and other contacts with the East over 1,000 years ago. The founding of monasteries on the islands of Lake Ladoga contributed significantly to the spreading and establishment of the Orthodox faith in eastern Finland. The monasteries were important [[missionary]] centres.
  
During Russian rule in the 19th century, in Helsinki, Viipuri and the Karelian Isthmus, Orthodoxy was associated with the country's ruling elite.  However, many rural Finns, Sami, and Karelians were also members of the [[Orthodox Church]].
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During Russian rule in the 19th century, in Helsinki, Viipuri (Vyborg), and the Karelian Isthmus, Orthodoxy was associated with the country's ruling elite.  However, many rural Finns, Sami, and Karelians were also members of the [[Orthodox Church]].
  
Shortly after Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917, the Finnish Orthodox Church declared its [[autonomy]] from the [[Church of Russia]]. In 1923, the Finnish Church completely separated from the Russian Church, becoming an autonomous part of the [[Church of Constantinople]]. The [[New Calendar]] was also adopted, including the Gregorian [[Paschalion]], making it distinct from the rest of the Orthodox churches, whether following the [[New Calendar|New]] or [[Old Calendar|Old]] [[Church calendar]]. Other reforms introduced after independence include changing the primary liturgical language from [[Church Slavonic]] to Finnish (also other languages are used depending on parish and situation, e.g. Church Slavonic, Swedish, English) and the transfer of the Archepiscopal seat from the multicultural city of Viipuri to the Finnish speaking city of Sortavala.
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After the Grand Duchy of Finland was formed under Russian rule during the early nineteenth century the Orthodox believers in Finland were placed under the [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Eparchy of St. Petersburg]]. In 1892, Finland was established as a separate diocese with its bishop's [[see]] in Vyborg, separate from the Eparchy of St.Petersburg. [[Anthony (Vadkovsky) of St. Petersburg and Ladoga|Abp. Anthony (Vadkovsky)]] was [[enthronement|enthroned]] as the diocese's first ruling hierarch.
  
Until World War II, the majority of the Orthodox Christians in Finland were in Karelia. As a consequence of the war, many residents of that border province evacuated to other parts of the country. The monastery of
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Shortly after Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917, the Finnish Orthodox Church declared its [[autonomy]] from the [[Church of Russia]]. In 1923, the Finnish Church completely separated from the Russian Church, becoming an autonomous part of the [[Church of Constantinople]]. The [[New Calendar]] was also adopted, including the Gregorian [[Paschalion]], making it distinct from the rest of the Orthodox churches, whether following the [[New Calendar|New]] or [[Old Calendar|Old]] [[Church calendar]]. Other reforms introduced after independence include changing the primary liturgical language from [[Church Slavonic]] to Finnish (also other languages are used depending on [[parish]] and situation, e.g. Church Slavonic, Swedish, English) and the transfer of the Archepiscopal seat from the multicultural city of Viipuri to the Finnish speaking city of Sortavala.
[[Valaam Monastery|Valaam]] was evacuated in 1940 and the monastery of New Valaam was founded in 1941 at Heinävesi. Later, the monks from Konevitsa and Petsamo monasteries also joined the New Valaam monastery. The nunnery of Lintula at Kivennapa (Karelian Isthmus) was also evacuated, and re-established at Heinävesi in 1946. A new parish network was established, and many new churches were built in the 1950s.  After the city of Viipuri was lost to the Soviet Union, its Diocesan seat was moved to Helsinki. A third Diocese was established at Oulu in 1979.
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Until World War II, the majority of the Orthodox Christians in Finland were in Karelia. As a consequence of the war, many residents of that border province evacuated to other parts of the country. The [[monastery]] of
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[[Valaam Monastery|Valaam]] was evacuated in 1940 and the monastery of [[New Valamo|New Valaam]] was founded in 1941 at Heinävesi. Later, the monks from Konevitsa and Petsamo monasteries also joined the New Valaam monastery. The nunnery of Lintula at Kivennapa (Karelian Isthmus) was also evacuated, and re-established at Heinävesi in 1946. A new parish network was established, and many new churches were built in the 1950s.  After the city of Viipuri was lost to the Soviet Union, its Diocesan seat was moved to Helsinki. A third Diocese was established at Oulu in 1979.
  
 
== Finnish Orthodoxy Today ==
 
== Finnish Orthodoxy Today ==
 
To this day, Orthodoxy is practiced mostly by Russians, Karelians and the Sami (Koltta Tribe), although it has shed the image of the privileged class with which it was once associated.  The Church of Finland has about 60,000 members.  In recent decades, the membership has been steadily growing.
 
To this day, Orthodoxy is practiced mostly by Russians, Karelians and the Sami (Koltta Tribe), although it has shed the image of the privileged class with which it was once associated.  The Church of Finland has about 60,000 members.  In recent decades, the membership has been steadily growing.
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The principal Orthodox temple in Finland is the [[Uspenski Cathedral (Helsinki)|Uspenski Cathedral]] in Helsinki, which is the largest Orthodox church in western Europe.
  
 
Its current primate is His Eminence [[Leo (Makkonen) of Finland|Leo]], Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland.
 
Its current primate is His Eminence [[Leo (Makkonen) of Finland|Leo]], Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland.
  
 
==Church structure==
 
==Church structure==
Within the one [[autonomy|autonomous]] Church of Finland, there are three [[metropolis|metropolia]]:
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Within the one [[autonomy|autonomous]] Church of Finland, there are three [[diocese|dioceses]]:
  
*Metropolis of Helsinki
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*Diocese of Helsinki
*Metropolis of Karelia
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*Diocese of Karelia
*Metropolis of Oulu
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*Diocese of Oulu
  
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==Related articles==
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*[[List of Finnish monasteries]]
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*[[Dioceses/Parishes of Finland]]
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*[[List of Finnish Archbishops]]
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*[[List of bishops in Finland]]
 
{{churches}}
 
{{churches}}
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.ort.fi/ The Church of Finland] (Official site)
 
*[http://www.ort.fi/ The Church of Finland] (Official site)
*[http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/ortodeng.html Finnish Orthodox Church - Virtual Finland] (Written for Virtual Finland by Archbishop Leo)
 
 
*[http://www.valaam.ru/en/ Valaam Monastery]
 
*[http://www.valaam.ru/en/ Valaam Monastery]
*[http://www.valamo.fi/index.php New Valaam Monastery]
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*[http://www.valamo.fi/index.php New Valaam Monastery] or [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Uuden_Valamon_luostari]
*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/virtuaalikirkko/index.html St. Nicholas Virtual Church of Joensuu, Finland] (in English)
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*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Virtuaalikirkko St. Nicholas Virtual Church of Joensuu, Finland] (in English)
*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/ortodoksit/briefly_in_english.htm Ortodoksi.net] (Orthodoxy in Finland, briefly in English)
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*[http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Briefly_in_English Ortodoksi.net] (Orthodoxy in Finland, briefly in English) or [http://www.ortodoksi.net/index.php/Luokka:In_English]
*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=30&IndexView=toc Eastern Christian Churches: Orthodox Church of Finland] by Ronald Roberson, a Roman Catholic priest and scholar
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*[http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Study+Moscow+Patriarchate+pressured+Finnish+Orthodox+Church+after+war/1135230734096 Study: Moscow Patriarchate pressured Finnish Orthodox Church after war], by Timo Siukonen
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*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg-us.aspx?eccpageID=30&IndexView=toc "The Orthodox Church of Finland"] in ''The Eastern Christian Churches: A Brief Survey'' by Ronald Roberson, on the CNEWA website.
  
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions|Finland]]
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions|Finland]]
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[[fr:Église de Finlande]]
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[[ro:Biserica Ortodoxă a Finlandei]]

Revision as of 11:46, February 4, 2013

The Church of Finland is an autonomous Orthodox church whose primate is confirmed by the Church of Constantinople. It is the second official state church of Finland, beside the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Orthodox Archdiocese of Finland
Church of Finland
Founder(s) Tsar Alexander I
Autocephaly/Autonomy declared 1918
Autocephaly/Autonomy recognized 1923 by Constantinople, 1957 by Russia
Current primate Archbishop Leo
Headquarters Kuopio, Finland
Primary territory Finland
Possessions abroad Estonia
Liturgical language(s) Finnish
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Gregorian
Population estimate 60,000[1]
Official website Church of Finland


Contents

History

The Orthodox faith was the earliest form of Christianity to arrive in Finland. It spread to southern Finland and to the people of Karelia around Lake Ladoga through trade and other contacts with the East over 1,000 years ago. The founding of monasteries on the islands of Lake Ladoga contributed significantly to the spreading and establishment of the Orthodox faith in eastern Finland. The monasteries were important missionary centres.

During Russian rule in the 19th century, in Helsinki, Viipuri (Vyborg), and the Karelian Isthmus, Orthodoxy was associated with the country's ruling elite. However, many rural Finns, Sami, and Karelians were also members of the Orthodox Church.

After the Grand Duchy of Finland was formed under Russian rule during the early nineteenth century the Orthodox believers in Finland were placed under the jurisdiction of the Eparchy of St. Petersburg. In 1892, Finland was established as a separate diocese with its bishop's see in Vyborg, separate from the Eparchy of St.Petersburg. Abp. Anthony (Vadkovsky) was enthroned as the diocese's first ruling hierarch.

Shortly after Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917, the Finnish Orthodox Church declared its autonomy from the Church of Russia. In 1923, the Finnish Church completely separated from the Russian Church, becoming an autonomous part of the Church of Constantinople. The New Calendar was also adopted, including the Gregorian Paschalion, making it distinct from the rest of the Orthodox churches, whether following the New or Old Church calendar. Other reforms introduced after independence include changing the primary liturgical language from Church Slavonic to Finnish (also other languages are used depending on parish and situation, e.g. Church Slavonic, Swedish, English) and the transfer of the Archepiscopal seat from the multicultural city of Viipuri to the Finnish speaking city of Sortavala.

Until World War II, the majority of the Orthodox Christians in Finland were in Karelia. As a consequence of the war, many residents of that border province evacuated to other parts of the country. The monastery of Valaam was evacuated in 1940 and the monastery of New Valaam was founded in 1941 at Heinävesi. Later, the monks from Konevitsa and Petsamo monasteries also joined the New Valaam monastery. The nunnery of Lintula at Kivennapa (Karelian Isthmus) was also evacuated, and re-established at Heinävesi in 1946. A new parish network was established, and many new churches were built in the 1950s. After the city of Viipuri was lost to the Soviet Union, its Diocesan seat was moved to Helsinki. A third Diocese was established at Oulu in 1979.

Finnish Orthodoxy Today

To this day, Orthodoxy is practiced mostly by Russians, Karelians and the Sami (Koltta Tribe), although it has shed the image of the privileged class with which it was once associated. The Church of Finland has about 60,000 members. In recent decades, the membership has been steadily growing.

The principal Orthodox temple in Finland is the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, which is the largest Orthodox church in western Europe.

Its current primate is His Eminence Leo, Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland.

Church structure

Within the one autonomous Church of Finland, there are three dioceses:

  • Diocese of Helsinki
  • Diocese of Karelia
  • Diocese of Oulu

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