Church of England to hold first service in Farsi after a huge rise in converts

Mar 3, 2019 by

by Izzy Lyons, Telegraph:

When the Bishop of Loughborough was 13-years-old, her brother was murdered for being a Christian.

Born and raised in Iran, she was forced to flee her homeland in 1980 on the grounds of religious persecution – a story that is all too familiar for many Iranian Christians.

Now, as the ordained Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani is leading the Church of England’s growing community of Iranians who have found a home in the Anglican church.

This unprecedented shift was yesterday marked with a “historical” service at Wakefield Cathedral in Yorkshire, where the Holy Communion scripture was delivered in Persian for the first time to cater for the growing – yet traditionally unusual – new Anglican congregation.

With the Cathedral packed full of 450 Persian Christians from parishes all over the UK, Rev Francis-Dehqani led the inaugural service, delivered in both Farsi and English.

“This translated service is hugely significant in terms of the life of the Church of England,” Rev Francis-Dehqani told the Telegraph.

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