Monday, April 14, 2014

PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE DRAGGED OUT OF THE CHURCH ON PASCHA SUNDAY AND EXECUTED BY TURKS

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ON THIS DAY 193 YEARS AGO APRIL 11th THE PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE WAS DRAGGED OUT OF THE CHURCH ON PASCHA SUNDAY AND EXECUTED BY TURKS: 

Gregory V (Γρηγόριος Ε΄, born Georgios Angelopoulos) was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 1797 to 1798, from 1806 to 1808 and from 1818 to 1821. He was responsible for much restoration work to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St George, which had been badly damaged by fire in 1738. At the onset of the Greek War of Independence, as Ethnarch of the Orthodox Millet Gregory V was blamed by Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II for his inability to suppress the Greek uprising, even though he had actually condemned the Greek revolutionary activities. He was taken out of the Patriarchal Cathedral on Easter Sunday, 1821, directly after celebrating the solemn Easter Liturgy, and hanged (in full Patriarchal vestments) for three days from the main gate of the Patriarchate compound by order of the Sultan; his body was then taken down and delivered to a squad of Jews who dragged it through the streets and finally threw it into the Bosphorus. The body was late recovered by Greek sailors and was eventually enshrined in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. He is commemorated by the Orthodox Church as an Ethnomartyr (Greek: Εθνομάρτυρας). In his memory, the Saint Peter Gate, once the main gate of the Patriarchate compound, was welded shut in 1821 and has remained shut ever since.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Epitaphios Returns to Occupied Famgusta Cypus first time in 57 years!

Provided here from http://incyprus.philenews.com/ 
This Easter will be a special one at Ayios Georgios Exorinos church in occupied Famagusta with the Greek Orthodox faithful attending a Good Friday service there for the first time in 57 years.

Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos and the Turkish Cypriot “mayor” of the occupied city Octay Kayalp announced they had reached an agreement for it to go ahead.
The 15th century church is situated within the walled old city of Famagusta and bi-communal trouble led to it being abandoned in 1957 although once-monthly services have recently been arranged there.
In statements to the press, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides welcomed news of the Good Friday service, noting the government supported trust-building efforts.
Also speaking to the press, Famagusta and Constantia Bishop Vassilios said that he was pleased it was going ahead adding efforts were underway to get permission for a procession through some of the streets of the old city.
The Epitaphios is an icon, most often found as a large embroidered cloth venerated during Good Friday and Holy Saturday services. The Epitaphios is used on the last two days of the Holy Week in the Byzantine rite, as part of the ceremonies marking the death and resurrection of Christ. 
On the afternoon of Good Friday, the priest and deacon will place the Epitaphios on the Holy Table. An elaborately carved canopy, called a kouvouklion, stands over the Epitaphios making up part of a bier or catafalque representing the Tomb of Christ.
Made of elaborately carved wood, it is decorated with spring flowers. The faithful venerate it before the bier is carried around the church and sometimes through the surrounding streets as part of the ceremony.
The solemn procession with the Epitaphios, accompanied by bells ringing the funeral toll, commemorates the burial procession of Christ.

Ecumenical Patriarchate: Chief Secretariate of the Holy and Sacred Synod

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

COMMUNIQUE

With regard to the present prevailing situation in the Autocephalous Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has the following to declare:

The manner of the election that took place for the new Primate of the aforementioned Church following the resignation of Archbishop Christopher from his throne has not yet been recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Autocephalous Churches due to certified irregularities of a canonical nature pertaining to the election.

Consequently, any canonical action in the above named Church resulting from the composition of its Hierarchy after this election is considered uncanonical and is not recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

As the Mother Church of the Autocephalous Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, the Ecumenical Patriarchate remains prepared to contribute to the canonical resolution of the unfortunate situation that has emerged there and invites all involved parties to continue their conversations with the Mother Church in order to discern the appropriate solution, while avoiding every activity that might further complicate the existing regrettable situation in that Church.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on April 1st, 2014

From the Chief Secretariat
of the Holy and Sacred Synod

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