Sri Lanka-born pastor officiates at Royal Wedding in Stockholm


The wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill from USA took place in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Sweden last week.

Officiates at the wedding ceremony are Lars-Goran Lonnermark, chaplain to the King and Bishop Emeritus and Michael Bjerkhagen, pastor of Royal Court Parish.

Pastor Michael was born 1966 in Kandy and a couple of years later adopted by a Swedish couple.

Earlier this year Pastor Michael was appointed by His Majesty the King, as the new rector of the Royal Court Parish.

It means that he is employed at the Royal Court, has his study at the Royal Palace and he is also a regular court preacher.

Pastor Michael H was ordained in 1991 in the Stockholm and is the first adopted Sri Lankan as a priest ordained in the Swedish church.

Pastor Michael has returned to Sri Lanka several times and on his appointment a large amount of money was raised which will be donated to a trust. The trust will help Sri Lankan children.

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