First Liturgy in 58 Years at St George Exorinos in Famagusta

First Liturgy in 58 Years at St George Exorinos in FamagustaFirst Liturgy in 58 Years at St George Exorinos in Famagusta

For the first time in 58 years, a church in northern Cyprus will host Good Friday mass in an effort to improve relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The Church of St. George Exorinos in the medieval city of Famagusta will host a liturgy on one of the most important religious dates in the Greek Orthodox calendar. Liturgies at St. George Exorinos stopped before Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, after clashes between Greek and Turkish Cypriots broke out.

According to the Yeni Duzen newspaper (16.04.13) Serdar Atai said that similar ceremonies are organized around the world, including in Turkey, on Holy Friday giving the message of tolerance, peace and reconciliation. He added that in order to avoid ‘unpleasant incidents’ it has been suggested that Greek Cypriots stay within the grounds of the church as they have in previous services at the church. He also said that the service had been included by the Vatican in the list of the churches where the Holy Friday Service will be conducted and it expected that many foreign ambassadors will participate in this service.

 

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