Ethiopians celebrate faith in Mirfield

Ethiopians celebrate faith in Mirfield

MEMBERS of an Ethiopian church celebrated their faith in Mirfield over the last two weeks.

Followers of the Oriental Orthodox Church marked their annual Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Paul's Church in Eastthorpe.

They held prayer vigils, services and celebrations at the Huddersfield Road venue.

Those who came to Mirfield are technically refugees - they are Christians who live across the UK in exile from Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Their arrival in the town initially sparked online claims that up to 130 refugees from Somalia had moved in. But those concerns were quickly allayed and the worshippers also performed a special song at Mirfield Show on Sunday, to the delight of the crowds.

They celebrated their colourful festival at Huddersfield Parish Church in 2014 and 2015.

This time Mirfield Team Parish invited them to St Paul's, which no longer hosts regular Sunday church services.

The church's Thursday morning Eucharist service is now held at St John the Evangelist Church.

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