For 14 days followers of the Oriental Orthodox Church from Ethiopia and Eritrea have come together to observe the fast of the Assumption of the St. Virgin Mary at Huddersfield Parish Church.
The church has, for a third consecutive year, granted the use of its premises by followers of the Christian faith from these two countries, formerly one country until Eritrean independence of 1991.
Refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea residing all over the UK gathered in Huddersfield to exercise the freedoms they thirsted for in their native lands.
Over the 15 days of the fast, which ended on Saturday, followers of the faith have been provided with an atmosphere which has allowed them to worship in unity and overcome the political, ethnic, and language differences that are tearing their native lands apart, and which has been the reason for their exile.
Around 100 people in residence at the parish church have been undertaking individual and group prayers, and other church services 24 hours a day during the fast.
It concluded with a service on Saturday morning and a feast afterwards.
Adonias Teshome, who helped organise the event, said: “We have more than 500 followers of the faith attend and even some visitors from France and Italy.”