Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
In a time of great Christian persecution, here’s some good news!
According to the Greek Reporter, in an article titled, First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir Since 1922, by Ioanna Zikakou , “For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is set to take place in Izmir on January 6, 2016.”
Izmir, Turkey used to be Smyrna, a city known for many things, but also the tragic Great Fire of Smyrna, a massacre of 10,000 to 100,000 Greek and Armenian souls.
Father Kyrillos Sykis was elated to announce “… we have received a license from the Turkish government, the Ministry of the Interior,” to hold the service in public, across from the old Greek consulate.
How many Orthodox are in Izmir today? Father Kyrillos Sykis clarified that, “At the moment, the Orthodox community of Izmir includes about 300 Greeks, while there are also Russians, Georgians and other Orthodox ethnicities, bringing the total between 7,000 and 8,000 people.”
It’s nice to see the Orthodox faithful able to express their faith and customs in Izmir/Smyrna once more. And we pray for many more years to come!
Apolytikion of Holy Epiphany in the First Tone
Lord, when You were baptized in the Jordan, the veneration of the Trinity was revealed. For the voice of the Father gave witness to You, calling You Beloved, and the Spirit, in the guise of a dove, confirmed the certainty of His words. Glory to You, Christ our God, who appeared and enlightened the world.
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