From Dublin to Vīļaka: the annual Night of Churches in Latvia

For the first time since its inauguration six years ago, the Night of Churches will have a participant outside of Latvia. Together with more than 150 Latvian churches, the Irish-Latvian society of St. Peter's Church, Dublin will take part in the annual Night of Churches. The event will take place this Friday to Saturday (June 7–8). This year's unifying theme is friendship.

In Ogre, four churches will open their doors in the evening. For the first time, the St. Meinhard's Roman Catholic Church and the Ogre Christian Church “The Power of the Word” will join the Lutheran Church of Ogre and the Trinity Church of Ogre as participants. Apart from prayer, musical performances, and excursions, each of the churches in Ogre will host its own special events.

At the St. Meinhard's Roman Catholic Church, for example, couples intending to marry will be invited to a special meeting, while the Lutheran Church of Ogre will host an exhibition titled “Why the Church is the Best Place on Earth”, comprised of photo-portraits and testimonies. One of the specialties at the Trinity Church of Ogre will be an exhibition of paintings by Zane Biķe.

“There are two beautiful churches in the Rucava municipality – the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rucava and the Baptist Church of Rucava, and both of them have agreed on participating together,” said Baiba Špēra-Špora, the Night of Churches coordinator in the Kurzeme region. Special events at these churches will consist of a concert by singer Karīna Tatarinova and a screening of the film “Sprīdītis”.

“They are also making a road of torches leading from one church to the other,” Špēra-Špora added.

The Saldus Roman Catholic Church is organizing a Summer festival, which will include the Night of Churches. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Īle, on the other hand, will host a concert by conductor and singer Ints Teterovskis and the Choir “Balss”. This will be the choir's fourth night at the church in Īle. Gabriel Faure's “Requiem” will serve as the center piece of the concert, and the French soprano Perina Medef and Ints Teterovskis himself will perform the solo.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Cēsis will host an exhibition titled “Birds in the Bible”, while the special event at The Lutheran Church of Vāne will be an exhibition titled “The Angels of Kurzeme”. At the Nereta Evangelical Lutheran Church, there will be a display of old Bibles.

Continuing the annual custom, the churches will perform a joint prayer at 9 pm. The St Peter's Church, Dublin will join them at 7 pm due to the time difference.

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