The St. Stephen’s Cathedral shines in blue-yellow out of solidarity

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Together with other Viennese buildings, Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral shines in blue-yellow on Thursday in solidarity with Ukraine.

Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral will shine in blue-yellow on Thursday in solidarity with Ukraine.

Its west facade will be illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag blue-yellow from 20 to 22 o’clock – at the same time as other public buildings in Vienna and Austria, respectively. Already at 11:53 a.m., as in many other European cathedrals and cathedrals, a seven-minute ringing of bells for peace will be heard.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral shines in blue-yellow out of solidarity.

Initiated this action of the European association of the cathedral building, minster building, and hut masters of the Viennese cathedral master-builder Wolfgang Zehetner, as the cathedral parish St. Stephan communicated on Wednesday. Next Tuesday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m., a “Concert for Peace” is scheduled with artists from Ukraine, Russia, Austria, and other countries. Details are yet to be announced.

Other initiatives include prayer boards installed in St. Stephen’s Cathedral from the beginning of next week, on which believers can pin intentions and prayers, and an online intercession box of the cathedral parish to pray with people for their purposes. Probably from mid-March, advertising subjects will be placed on the south tower and the north facade of the cathedral in the Ukrainian national colors.

Sympathy and solidarity with Ukraine

St. Stephen’s Cathedral thus bundles the sympathy that representatives of all Christian churches and other religions in Austria have already expressed with the fate of the war victims in Ukraine.

The bells will ring for peace at noon on Thursday in many cathedrals throughout Europe. “We, the community of those responsible for building the great cathedral and cathedral churches of Europe from Norway to Malta and from Spain to Ukraine, do not wish to remain silent about the war in Ukraine,” said a dispatch from the European Association of Cathedral Builders, Minster Builders, and Master Builders.

Church bells to ring for seven minutes

The bells of the churches are to ring for seven minutes, with each minute of ringing representing one day since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the association of cathedral builders said. “With this ringing, we declare our solidarity with the people who have to endure this war and fear for their lives, who have to organize resistance against an overwhelming force, who have to flee from the war, who dare to protest against the warmongers in their country and who live in the countries directly affected by this war.” In addition to Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Dresden’s Frauenkirche, Naumburg Cathedral, Merseburg Cathedral, and other houses of worship, for example in Frankfurt/Main and Constance, are also to participate in the campaign.

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