REMARKS AND TOAST OF HIS ALL HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH B A R T H O L O M E W At the Dinner in Honor of the…… Read more “Remarks and Toast of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At the Dinner in his Honor of the Honorable Joseph R. Biden”
The other day I came across an interesting photo, which apparently depicts a certain Marilyn Rouvelas, who participated in the “Women’s March” in Washington. Why there were…… Read more “A strange photo…”
On Earth Day, thousands marched in support of science and the environment. But as these stories show, the fight has just begun. via Rising Up Against Climate Change:…… Read more “Ecumenical Patriarch supports Scientists in Fight against Climate Change”
His All-Holiness Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is out of office this week. May our beloved Patriarch have a wonderful vacation and return…… Read more “Even the Ecumenical Patriarch needs rest!”
Isn’t it sort of symbolic that it is the very Metropolitan Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) who serves as an abbot of the Holy Trinity Monastery (aka New Sion, Aya…… Read more “Reasons to be Hopeful of the Halki seminary: symbolic and actual ones”
On Friday, January 6, 2017, His All-Holiness presided over the concelebration of the Patriarchal and Synodal Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Epiphany and Service of the…… Read more “The Feast of Epiphany at the Phanar”
With great pomp and under His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew chairmanship the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ was celebrated at St.George’s Cathedral…… Read more “Holy Nativity Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Phanar”
In all there are some 40 Byzantine-era church structures still standing throughout Istanbul. However, no matter which one you visit, one feature in particular strikes the visitor: they all either have minarets, or a ticket box, or both. Astonishingly, of the dozens of extant Byzantine churches in Istanbul, only one of them has never been converted into a mosque or museum and has been in continuous service as a place of Christian worship since before the conquest of Istanbul. This is church of Panaghia Mouchliotissa (Παναγία Μουχλιώτισσα), a.k.a. Meryem Ana Greek Orthodox Church, a.k.a. Kanlı Kilesesi (Bloody Church), a.k.a. Church of St. Mary of the Mongols. Since it is far less known than St. George Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate or St. Stephen of the Bulgars, the only cast-iron church in the East Orthodox world, I’ll start with telling you its amazing history.