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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Church of England's parish in Andorra

Easter Sunrise Service in Andorra
Principat d'Andorra is the official Catalan name for one of the smallest countries in Europe and in our Diocese. St George's in Andorra is a faithful congregation of the Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, with a dedicated laity, who keep Anglican worship going each week, despite not having a resident priest. Although tucked away, high in the Pyrenees, the congregation clearly keeps in touch with the wider Church, Anglican and ecumenical. Here is part of a recent report from one of the Churchwardens, Valerie Rymarenko:  
"....without a chaplain we depend upon locum chaplains to visit us to celebrate Holy Communion....We really benefit from the influence of such a wide range of chaplains, coming from various parts of the world, some retired and some full-time. In their different ways of leading Bible Study, celebrating Holy Communion and preaching, we gain a panoramic view of the Anglican Church and we cannot get into a rut or become set in our ways and attitudes. We are most thankful for the care and devotion of these good priests.
Our relationship with the Roman Catholic Church in Andorra continues to flourish. We were very happy to be asked once again to help organize, and participate in, the annual Christian Ecumenical Service at Sant Esteve Church in Andorra la Vella, led by Arxiprest Mossèn Ramon Sàrries on 20th January 2012. St George’s was represented for the second year running by our visiting chaplain, the Reverend Dr Bill Maxwell. There is no doubt we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Co-Prince of Andorra, Archbishop Joan Enric Vives Sicília of Urgell, for his support and care of St George’s.
The other Co-Prince of Andorra is, of course, the President of France.

For more about this remarkable congregation, see the parish website here.

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