Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Eternal Priest

The eternal priest story has become a tradition in the Orthodox and Greek world. According to this tradition (myth), when the Ottoman Turks beat the Byzantine army and eventually entered the holiest city of the Byzantine era, Hagia Sophia, there was a Divine Liturgy taking place. The moment the conquerors entered, the priest saw them running in; he went into the holy of holies and miraculously ran through a door, which appeared in the wall. Another tradition, claims that he ran through a door, which still exists today, on one of the sides of the Church. According to this legend, when Constantinople will again become a Christian city, the priest will reappear from the wall and continue the Divine Liturgy. Despite this being merely a story, it is a belief many Greek Orthodox still have today.

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