The theme of Ecumenical Christmas this year is ”Living in harmony makes room”. The event will especially highlight the prevention of exclusion and inequality. The humanitarian message will be delivered by rap artist and author Karri Miettinen, alias Paleface, in the event which is organized already for the 25th time at the Turku Cathedral on 12 December, 2018.


Ecumenical Christmas in Turku on Wednesday 12 December, 2018, at 6 pm, Turku Cathedral

The event will be broadcast on television, so make sure to be at the church no later than 5.40pm.

The recording will be broadcast on YLE TV1 on Christmas Eve, approximately one hour before noon when the Declaration of Christmas Peace is read.

Free admission. Welcome!

Paleface is also known as a social critic who has often raised the themes of justice during his career. When presenting the humanitarian message, Paleface wants to remind us how the values in society have become harder and unequal.

- The systems have failed to engage young people and more and more of them do not find their feet. The world is now at such a point that we must all rise from our own positions and work together for better tomorrow, says Paleface. It is an honour that I can bring a humanitarian message to the Ecumenical Christmas Service. Justice and equal opportunities are not a matter of opinion but a permanent value which we all must defend, continues Paleface.

The world is now at such a point that we must all rise from our own positions and work together for better tomorrow -Paleface-

The ecumenical appeal for peace of Churches will be read at Turku Cathedral by Archbishop Tapio Luoma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Leo of the Orthodox Church of Finland, Bishop Teemu Sippo of the Catholic Church in Finland and Esko Matikainen, leader of Pentecostal Church in Finland.

New Archbishop Tapio Luoma who will attend the event for the first time is looking forward to the common Christmas celebration.

- I have watched the Ecumenical Christmas Service many times. The event is important because it emphasizes Christmas as common celebration of Christians. The Message of Christmas highlights peace and therefore the common Christmas celebration of churches is also appropriate. It is great to take part in it, Archbishop Tapio Luoma rejoices.

The event will also feature music performances by tenor Topi Lehtipuu, The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pertti Pekkanen, girls’ choir Sigynella led by Terhi Lehtovaara, Cantor Jukka Pietilä and organist Markku Hietaharju.

Offering during singalong is collected for Varsinais-Suomen Sininauha ry’s “Omat portaat” workshop targeted for young people aged 18-28 who are not in education or employment.