The two Greek-Orthodox churches located in the historical Greek Community in central Vienna, the church of the Holy Trinity and Saint George, participated in this year’s “Long Night of Churches” (Lange Nacht der Kirchen) Friday, June 1. It is the eighth year that this magnificent event takes place in the Austrian capital.
The celebrations started at the Greek-Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity, indicating the importance of the Hellenic presence in the religious life of Vienna. The events were inaugurated with a Divine Liturgy held by the Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria-Exarch of Hungary and Middle Europe Arsenios in the presence of hierarchs from every Greek-Orthodox church in Austria.
More than 360,000 citizens visited the 170 churches of the Austrian capital, including the two Greek-Orthodox ones mentioned above, and of course every church that remained open Friday night and participated in more than 2,600 religious and cultural celebrations.
This year’s events included church music concerts, lectures, exhibitions, tours and theatrical plays as well as special performances for children and youngsters.