The consecration service – a major event for all Orthodox churches – was led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Albania’s Balkanweb reports.
Also taking part in the service were the patriarchs of Jerusalem and Serbia, the archbishops of Cyprus, Athens, Warsaw and Tirana, as well as representatives of the patriarchs of Moscow, Bulgaria, Georgia and Antiochia. According to a statement of the Albanian Orthodox Church, the consecration of the cathedral is not only a special blessing for Albania’s Orthodox Christians, but also a reaffirmation of Orthodox Christianity worldwide.
The complex of the new Resurrection of Christ Cathedral, situated in downtown Tirana, includes the Chapel of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, a bell tower and the Cathedral center, and symbolizes the rebirth of the Autocephalous Albanian Orthodox Church.
A youth festival concert outside the cathedral, scheduled for Sunday evening, will be attended by Albanian President Bujar Nishani, Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta, Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha, who is also mayor of Tirana.