Prayer for Kurban Bairam in Hagia Sophia

Prayer for Kurban Bairam in Hagia SophiaA prayer was held for the first time today at dawn, after 86 years, in Hagia Sophia for the Muslim Holiday “Eid al-Adha”, according to Turkish media.

The prayer was celebrated by the Head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs, Ali Erbaş. Turkish media reported that before the prayer started, Hagia Sophia was full, as well as the square in front of the monument and the one in front of the Blue Mosque. The prayer that would take place in Hagia Sophia was announced last night.

Source: Orthodoxtimes.com

Ukrainian Church welcomes ceasefire in Donbass, schismatic hierarch calls for armed uprising against president

Photo: pravlife.orgThe canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church welcomes the agreement on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass that went into effect on Monday, July 27, and asks its faithful children to pray that this will be the beginning of the end of the war in eastern Ukraine, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, the Chancellor of the UOC, commented on his Facebook page.

Panagia Sumela to open on Tuesday in Trabzon after five years of restoration work

Panagia Sumela to open on Tuesday in Trabzon after five years of restoration workThe historic monastery of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon in Pontus region opens tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28, after five years of restoration work, in the presence of Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. At the same time, the Hagia Sophia in Trabzon, which was also converted into a mosque seven years ago, will reopen to visitors tomorrow after two years of restoration work.

Last confessor of Elder Cleopa of Sihăstria, Hieromonk Jacob, reposes in the Lord

Photo: FacebookOn Monday morning, July 20, Hieromonk Jacob (Savin) of Sihăstria Monastery reposed in the Lord. His funeral was served the following morning, the monastery reports.

Fr. Jacob is renowned as a wise hieromonk who served as the last confessor of the great Elder Cleopa (Ilie) who is venerated throughout the Orthodox world.

A new museum is being established near Hagia Sophia where Christian objects will be exhibited

A new museum is being established near Hagia Sophia where Christian objects will be exhibitedA new museum is being established near Hagia Sophia to display portable icons and Christian objects included in the collection list of the Ministry of Culture, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy stated.

He also revealed that the Land Registry building located in Sultanahmet Square has been donated by order of the Turkish President to the Ministry of Culture and there will be exhibited 1359 objects which belong to the collection of icons and church objects of the ministry.

Source: Orthodoxtimes.com