Orthodox Churches throughout Greece on Friday marked the conversion of Constantinople’s Hagia Sophia to a mosque by mournfully tolling their bells.
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos called the conversion of the cradle of the Greek Orthodoxy as “an unholy act of sacrilege.”
Describing the 24. July a “day of mourning” for the Greek Orthodoxy and the Greeks across the world, Ieroymos called on people to attend the customary Good Friday liturgy and hymns at the Athens Cathedral at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Metropolis of Agrinion and Patras in western Greece set the mood early in the morning, with hundreds of churches following later on.
All the churches in Crete tolled their bells at midday, as a “sign of inner pain for the deplorable decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque,” according to an announcement from the Church of Crete.
Μητρόπολη Χανίων – Πένθιμα ηχούν οι καμπάνες σε όλη την Κρήτη αυτή την ώρα για τη μετατροπή της Αγιάς Σοφιάς σε τζαμί
Posted by Flashnews.gr on Friday, July 24, 2020
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