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Monday, 23 January 2012

Anglicans in Istanbul take active part in Week of Prayer for Unity

Fr Engin Yildirim (left) at ecumenical evening prayer hosted by the Church of the Resurrection

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was an active one for Anglicans in Istanbul. Several Churches in the city hosted events during the week: Roman Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, German Lutheran, Anglican, International and Turkish Protestant churches all participated. 

Fr Engin Yildirim, priest-in-charge of the Church of the Resurrection, was invited to represent the Anglican Church in the readings in the different churches during the week.  This Turkish language congregation of the Diocese in Europe, in the Pera district of the city, hosted the evening prayer event on Wednesday 18 January.  

In spite of very cold and snowy weather, over 100 from different churches gathered for the prayers each evening. Afterwards every church served warm drinks and snacks to create and encourage a time for fellowship.

Fr Engin and the Church of the Resurrection – Pera continue to place significant importance on building bridges among all the churches in Istanbul. Their participation and leadership this past week most certainly helped accomplished this goal.

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