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The Society of St. John Chrysostom of
Ayatriada Rum Katoliki Kilise
Άξιος! Άξιος! Άξιος! (Axios! Axios! Axios!)
to our New Exarch, Bishop Demetrios.
We dedicate this page to our members, past and present, at home and abroad, and to members of our brother Societies of St. John Chrysostom around the world. We seek to preserve here and share with you, the reader, important information about ourselves - Orthodox Christians in communion with the See of Rome - and our Byzantine Christian Tradition, as well as about the Traditions of our sister churches of the East, with whom we currently share our facilities..
For those unfamiliar with Turkish, Syriac or Arabic, "Rum Katolik" does NOT mean "Roman Catholic" in the common English usage of that phrase. "Rum" is the Turkish for the Greek term "Romaioi", and Romaioi, which looks like the English word "Roman", would normally be accurately translated as "Byzantine", "East Roman" or "Romaioi" (to indicate the East Romans, the inhabitants of the East Roman Empire) in the context of the domains of the former Byzantine, or East Roman, Empire. The Empire in the East was the direct, organic, and only survivor of the Roman Empire of Augustus Caesar and this is reflected in part by the fact that the name Roman/Romaios continued in use from its establishment in 313 A.D. through to its political end in 1453 A.D.
Interior of Ayatriada Rum Katoliki Kilise, Istanbul
Hamalbasi cad. 44/46
BYZANTINE TRADITION AND SPIRITUALITY
BYZANTINE SLAVONIC TRADITION AND SPIRITUALITY
Exterior view of Apostolic Exarchate and Ayatriada Rum Katoliki Kilise,Istanbul
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The Society is grateful to the late Gerard Serafin Bugge, our former Webservant, for all of his loving care expended to make this site the beautiful spiritual experience that it is acknowledged by so many to be. We will preserve as much of our original format and design as possible in tribute to Gerard, whom we keep in our prayers daily. Memory Eternal!!
design in left column is detail from a fresco of the Haghia Triada Greek Catholic Cathedral, Athens, Greece