Diocese of Manchester

    Persian celebration

    Iranian Christians from churches in Manchester, Rochdale and Salford joined a congregation of about 450 at Wakefield Cathedral to celebrate the launch of the first authorised Common Worship Eucharist in Farsi. The bi-lingual service was led by the Iranian born Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough, whose brother was murdered for being a Christian in the country’s revolution. Her family fled Iran when she was just 14, in 1980.

    The request for the new liturgy came from clergy who wanted to be able to integrate the growing number of Iranian Christians who worship in their churches.

    Canon Daniel Burton said, “This surprising area of growth is a blessing for a number of churches in our diocese, including St Thomas, Pendleton. In four years we have seen more than 20 young Iranians come to faith, be baptised and confirmed. But the challenges of worship and nurture have been exacerbated by language problems. Having a liturgy that is genuinely bi-lingual will be a great help. It was moving in the service at Wakefield to see some of our own young people singing and praying in their own language for the first time.”

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