This is the Nordic Catholic Church’s parish in Bergen, dedicated to St Sunniva. I have found the photo in their blog post Fastelavn og karneval.
The priest here, Fr Roy Olav, is giving a lesson to the children about Carneval, literally “goodbye to meat” as we go into Lent. The object on the floor is a bar of chocolate lying there as a temptation. Indeed, Lent is about fasting and prayer, the only way to expel demons and sin.
The western Churches have indeed grown very slack about fasting, which doesn’t mean doing without a few luxuries – but abstaining from all food for a given time. This should not be attempted by people in poor health, but I think most of us can decide to fast completely on Wednesdays and Fridays from everything except water until 3pm, the traditional hour at which Christ expired on the Cross. If this is done prayerfully and without ostentation, I think we can be surprised at the spiritual power of fasting.
This church is quite surprising. The first thing that strikes us is the size of the windows. Coming from the north of England, I remember the short January days when I went to school on the bus, how the daylight hours were so short. The winter days in Norway are much shorter than that, and above the Arctic Circle, the sun is not seen at all for six long months! If a place is a little to the south of the Arctic Circle, the solar day may only last a few minutes or an hour! Those big windows are really needed.
The building appears to be from the late nineteenth century with a fairly “low-church” altar similar to pre-Tractarian English ones. The altar rail wraps around tightly, and certainly makes high ceremonies difficult. Perhaps it lifts away for those occasions. The pulpit is imposing and the little pipe organ on the left in its neo-gothic case looks interesting. I would guess the organ needs work, since a harmonium is seen at the left of the photo.
This building is obviously a former Lutheran church, which means that the Nordic Catholic Church was able to keep or acquire some of the old churches. That is something tremendous.