Greek hierarch proposes building new Agia Sophia in Greece

Mesogaia, Greece, July 27, 2020

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The first Muslim prayers after the reconversion of the 6th-century Agia Sophia Cathedral into a mosque by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were held on Friday, despite the outcry from churches, religious organizations, and countries around the world.

Throughout the Greek-speaking Orthodox world and beyond, church bells were solemnly rung and the Akathist to the Mother of God was read as the first Islamic prayers rung out from Agia Sophia in Istanbul.

And, according to the call of one Greek hierarch, now is the time to fulfill the vow of their Greek ancestors and rebuild the glorious Agia Sophia.

Responding to the situation in Turkey, His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki proposed that the Holy Synod, the Greek state, and the Greek people unite together to build a new cathedral outside of Athens, reports Mystagogy.

His Eminence’s proposal reads:

Perhaps now is the right time, in response to the ungodly provocation and insult of Turkey to turn the historic Christian church of Agia Sophia into a mosque, with the initiative of the Holy Synod and the help of the Greek State, for the Greek people as a whole to undertake the reconstruction of a new imposing church to the Wisdom of God, which is in fact a fulfillment of the oldest vow of our heroic ancestors.

The church is to be built at the entrance of our country from the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport of Athens, on the hill Chousmouza Paiania, that is, in the area that was designated twenty years ago for the Islamic mosque that was not built.

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Simone8/17/2020 3:22 pm
Christ said Love One Another. Every human is a temple to God. I am sad at judgment by humans of others. The Church should help refugees, displaced persons, those incarcerated in refugee sites in inhumane conditions, fleeing persecution, seeking amnesty. Do Unto Others As You Would Want Others to Do Unto You. Let God pass judgement on humans; let Christians show love, mercy, charity, with grace, strength and faith in God. These comments distress me.
Alex7/29/2020 4:28 pm
To "Alexander". Taking/getting back Hagia Sophia and Constantinople would be great, if it's God's will! However, in the meantime let's worry about healing the present church schisms in world Orthodoxy, plus feeding the beggars outside of our doors and in the alleys, and taking take of the sick and the orphaned. Those things are more important than ancient brick and mortar.
Alexander Leitner7/28/2020 5:35 pm
To "Alex". The Hagia Sophia will be taken back also Constantinople, this is the will of God. At the right time
Alex7/28/2020 4:29 pm
Ronald, I wouldn't just take pot shots at the OCA. (For instance, the GOA has even more problems than the OCA does.) The (universal) Orthodox Church is the perfect faith, full of imperfect people, let's not forget that. Glory be to God for all things!
Ronald Delavega7/28/2020 1:45 pm
Hi Doug If I were you would worry more of the State of OCA what with Archbishops marching with BLM, the Synod refusing to condemn the LGBTQ life styleand the pandering to the government. Our OCA Archbishop the same one who marched with BLM (and by the way he has never joined a pro life march) voluntararily cut the limit of parishioners able to go to Church (and this by reservation like if the Church of Christ was some restaurant)from 50% of capaciyy to 25%. Thereby denying the Eucharist to potentially to 50 persons. On top of all that the use of multiple spoons like if the Eucharist was going to trsnsmitt a deathly virus. Plus the rumors of prohomosexual teachers and of actual practicing homosexuals in OCA churches keep on hanging around with no official denials And oh by the way the same Archbishop is a fan of Origen and defends him by attacking the Ecumenical Council that anathemized him as a heretic. The only reason I am still in OCA is because I havent found a Russian church close enough to me. I was thinking of the Antiochean Church and then its Patriarch invites a Muslim Mufti to preach in his Church in Syria and prays with him. Both of those things are anathemized by Ecumenical Councils.
Alex7/27/2020 9:58 pm
Now there's a practical idea! Thank you, your Eminence! Build a new Hagia Sophia, but don't dwell on the old one that you're not getting back—ever. (Glory be to God for all things!)
Doug jones7/27/2020 9:36 pm
Yes build the new Agia Sophia. Great idea. I am OCA Orthodox. And I would send money to see it built. Also , I am waiting for God to take vengeance on Turkey and all of the Islamic faith. Peace be unto you
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