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#420088 07/22/20 03:34 PM
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On Tuesday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joined with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in calling for a “Day of Mourning” on Friday, July 24, when the conversion of the building into a mosque takes place.

“We join the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in offering our prayers for the restoration of Hagia Sophia as a place of prayer and reflection for all peoples,” the bishops’ conference said. “The museum was a place of encounter and dialogue between people of all faiths and cultures.
The Greek Orthodox have asked that every Church toll its bells, every flag be raised to half-mast and that the Akathist Hymn is chanted in the evening.
For Catholics unfamiliar with the Akathist Hymn, the recitation of the Rosary is recommended, as both prayers entreat the Mother of God for her intercession.”


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Beautiful!

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of York, Pennsylvania, will serve the Akathist at 6:30 PM.

The service will be about 50/50 English/Greek and lasts about 90 minutes.

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Yes, most Greek Orthodox churches will be live streaming the Akathist hymn as well.

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Alice,

Thank you for this. I have added a news story to the main website.

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Christ is in our midst!!

This was truly a day of mourning. Is it a coincidence that this was done on the day Our Lord was crucified? Friday is a day to remember that each week and now we can think of Him being abused in Istanbul every week as well.

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Aghia Sophia was built by Orthodox Christians for use by Orthodox Christians. So it could be used exclusively as a mosque meant that wall coverings had to be hung to hide the ions. This is a singular tragedy for the entire Christian world. Aghia Sophia is OUR MOTHER CHURCH. Let us pray incessantly and write letters of protest.

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Originally Posted by Orthodox Catholic
Aghia Sophia was built by Orthodox Christians for use by Orthodox Christians.

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Built by the eastern Roman emperor Justinian I as the Christian cathedral of Constantinople for the state church of the Roman Empire between 532 and 537...
Hagia Sophia [en.wikipedia.org]

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Dear ajk,

Evkharisto poli!!

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You are welcome.


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