Worshipers from Ethiopia and Eritrea, dressed in traditional white costumes, reunited for Feast of the Assumption of St. Virgin Mary

By Martin Shaw (Huddersfield Examiner) |

Hundreds of people attended a religious celebration at a Mirfield church.

Members of the Oriental Orthodox Church from Ethiopia and Eritrea spent two weeks at St Paul’s Church in Eastthorpe.

A small group stayed at the church, some camping in the grounds.

The worshipers – dressed in traditional white costumes – came to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the St Virgin Mary and enjoy the freedoms they were denied in their homeland.

Former refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea came from across the UK and met up in Mirfield.

For the last three years the colourful and melodious service was held at Huddersfield Parish Church.

There are more than 500 followers of the faith.

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven. Because it signifies the blessed virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is considered the most important of all feasts.

Source: Huddersfield Examiner
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