Reykjavik Diocese

The consecration of the Sanctuary of Mary

The new sanctuary of Mary in Christ the King Cathedral in Reykjavik was consecrated in a solemn ceremony after the priest’s meeting and the bishop’s mass on Tuesday, January 24th.


To the right of the entrance in Christ the King Cathedral an Icelandic medieval wooden statue of the Holy Mother and Child can be seen . It is believed to be from the 14th century. It was probably in a country church originally, but after the Reformation the farmer in Reykhólar in West Iceland took it into his house and was donated to the Catholic Church in 1926.

When Pope John Paul II visited Iceland in 1989, he crowned the statue.

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