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I wonder if there will be any complaining about 'canonicity' with these two CHRISTIAN churches COOPERATING.

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Greek Catholics and Evangelical Lutherans Cooperate in Kherson
08.05.2009, [08:57] // UGCC //

On 3 May, 2009, the exarch of Odessa and Crimea of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Bishop Vasyl (Ivasiuk), consecrated a building for the Chapel of “The Transportation of St. Mykolai Myrlikiiskyi’s Relics” and a cross to mark the place of the future Church of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God. This will be the second UGCC church in Kherson. This story was reported by the press service of the Odessa and Crimea Exarchate of the UGCC.

“This important event was made possible thanks to the German Lutheran community of the town of Kherson, Presbyter Dmytro, and their bishop Georg Gunch,” said Bishop Vasyl.

The ceremony of consecration was concelebrated by the UGCC exarch, a pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, and UGCC clergymen.

In 2003, Kherson city authorities allocated 15 acres of land to the German Lutheran community where the Protestant community planned to build a church and house for their pastor. A house for the pastor was built there.

Thanks to the good cooperation between UGCC and the German Evangelical-Lutheran Church, in 2009, a strategy was developed for alternating celebration by the faithful of both churches in the city of Kherson.

In addition, on May 3, the blessing of the chapel of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God occurred in the village of Muzykivka, Kherson Region. Serhiy Kostyk granted the premises for the chapel. People of the village are very grateful to their fellow countryman for the possibility to serve God. “We are very grateful to Bishop Vasyl, because people wanted to see many priests and a bishop, and so for the village it was a real holiday,” reported the pastor of Muzykivka, Fr. Ihor Makar.

The church is located at 40 Years of Victory Street, 23.

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The ceremony of consecration was concelebrated by the UGCC exarch, a pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, and UGCC clergymen.


Interesting. What role exactly did the Lutheran pastor play in the rite of consecration?

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I think this is probably just a translation problem - this frequently happens. Concelebrating does not mean what we think it means in English.


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