Patriarchal divine Liturgy on the day of the assumption on August 15 in the monastery of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon - one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries - this year will not take place because of the ban of the Turkish authorities in connection with the pandemic, said the Church of Constantinople.
The monastery is inactive. In 2010, the first in decades in this service was conducted in the assumption of the virgin - one of the great feasts of Orthodoxy. Liturgy conducted by the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. As reported, the ROC, the first since 1922, the Liturgy in the monastery Panagia Sumela became possible as a result of agreements entered into by the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate with the Ministry of culture and tourism of the Turkish Republic and the leadership of the Trabzon province. The last five years, worship services are not held there.
Patriarch Bartholomew thanked on the phone with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for restoration of Orthodox monastery of Sumela, said the administration of the Turkish leader.
On the eve of Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province in northeast Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country protects the cultural heritage of Christianity, citing as example the restoration of one of the world's oldest Orthodox monasteries of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon province.
"In Turkey there are many major cultural sites of world significance. The Sumela monastery is one of the symbols of our country. Here the traces of many civilizations. For years, we are working to maintain the monastery. We never sought to destroy these objects, on the contrary, tried to save them," - said Erdogan, speaking at a ceremony marking the completion of the second phase of the restoration of the monastery of Panagia Sumela. It has been broadcast on Twitter by the Turkish leader.