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Festive divine services are celebrated at St. Nicholas church in Demre, Turkey

Festive divine services are celebrated at St. Nicholas church in Demre, Turkey
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19 December 2021 year 15:52

On December 18, 2021, the eve of the commemoration day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Rev. Georgy Sergeyev, who is responsible for taking pastoral care the Russian-speaking faithful in the Republic of Turkey, celebrated the evening service with akathistos hymn at the Church of St. Nicholas in the Lycian town of Myra now called Demre, Turkey.

Assisting in the service were clerics of the Moscow Patriarchate Rev. Alexey Golovin and Rev. Dimitry Bogatyr, who are taking pastoral care for the communities of the Russian Orthodox Church in Antalya and Alanya.

On December 19, the commemoration day of St. Nicholas, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Demre. 

At the Litany of Fervent Supplication, prayers were lifted up for the deliverance of pernicious pestilence and for medical doctors.

Praying at the service were pilgrims from different regions of Turkey and Russian employees working at the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. 

The Office of the Blessing of the Waters was celebrated after the Liturgy and followed by the Litiya for the repose of the soul of Andrei G. Karlov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey assassinated by a terrorist in Ankara on December 19, 2016.

The worshippers laid flowers at the monument to the Hero of the Russian Federation Andrei Karlov. Demre is twinned with the town of Klintsy, Bryansk region, which the ambassador called his small motherland. The main street in Demre is named after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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