In Istanbul, prayers for the defenders of Ukraine were sent up in Ukrainian
"Today we prayed for the defenders and defenders of Ukraine. We are grateful to the Mother Church and His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for this opportunity," said Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul Oleksandr Gaman. He congratulated those present on the Feast of the intercession of the Most-Holy Theotokos, the day of defenders and defenders of Ukraine and the day of the Cossacks and said that this month he is finishing his cadence in Turkey.
Oleksandr Gaman expressed his gratitude for the fruitful years of cooperation and presented the Ecumenical Patriarchate with an icon of St. Nicholas.
The Liturgy was broadcast online on the Consulate General's page.
As you know, the Church of St. Nicholas in Istanbul was rebuilt in 1837 on the site of a former Church of the Byzantine period, which was first mentioned in documents of 1724 (the probable time of construction is before 1538). On November 24, 2019, a memorial service in Ukrainian for the victims of the Holodomor was held at St. Nicholas Church in Istanbul, which was attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.