The Municipal Police has withdrawn its decree to close to the public a special service in Reykjavík’s cathedral on Iceland’s upcoming Independence Day, mbl.is reports.
The decision was decided yesterday in a meeting of the consultation committee which includes representatives from parliament, police, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Municipality of Reykjavík and the Cathedral itself. The committee oversees the organization of the festivities which are to take place next Thursday, June 17th.
“They came to the church and we went over the matter. This was the conclusion, as it has always been, that the church will not be closed. We lay great emphasis on always keeping the Cathedral open. Everyone is welcome because that is how we want our established church to be,” says reverent Hjálmar Jónsson, minister of the Cathedral. He is very pleased with the conclusion and looks forward to receiving churchgoers.