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Offline Anthony1986

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I might travel to Istanbul next January.
I will attend the Liturgy in Patriarchal Church of St. George.

Does Patriarch of Constantinople celebrate Divine Liturgy in St. George every Sunday?

Will I have chance to meet Patriarch of Constantinople  Bartholomew I?

Will I be able to talk to him?

Will I be able to receive communion from him?

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Also is it possible for Ecumenical Patriarch to hear my confession?
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Has anyone been to Istanbul? Is it safe? Is it same as most European cities or is it very Islamized?
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Constantinople? Yes, I've been, but not for 20 years now.

It was fairly safe. It is full of Muslims so, no, it's Berlin.

Possible, but unlikely. HAH is rather busy. You might write ahead to ask if you want to try.

No, HAH does not celebrate every Sunday. For one thing, HAH is often out of town (as other primates are). Again, you might write. If you are there for Theophany, for instance, it is more likely HAH will be there (unless there is some other Church favored for that Feast). Or Three Hierarchs.

You might be able to talk, but maybe not-there is a lot of needed security around him.

If you are in GOARCH, and can get a introductory letter from your bishop, it might work better.

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So the EP is not in Constantinople  most of time??? He only celebrate the liturgy in Constantinople during important feast day??

So that is mean it is difficult to attend the liturgy celebrated by him and receive communion from him...
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So the EP is not in Constantinople  most of time??? He only celebrate the liturgy in Constantinople during important feast day??

So that is mean it is difficult to attend the liturgy celebrated by him and receive communion from him...

You are reading way too much into ialmisry's response. You had multiple questions which he answered in a general way.

While Patriarch Bartholomew has traveled a lot more than his predecessors, I would guess that he is in Constantinople about 90% of the time, given his age.

I have no idea about talking to him, receiving communion from him, receiving confession from him. I think it is doubtful without special arrangement.
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A letter from your bishop, especially sent to HAH ahead of time, would be the best way of introducing yourself.  Also, carry a copy with you.  I don't know if they just let anyone in the Phanar unless there is some reason for you to be there, but again, I don't know. I've never been to the Phanar.
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The Saint George cathedral and the surrounding compound was open to the public when I went in 2010. I was advised to have a copy of my passport for security, due to a recent bombing attack, but no one stopped me and asked for it. (Getting into the offices is something else but I don't know why you'd want to unless you had some actual business there). It was the Dormition liturgy but the patriarch wasn't there because he was at the Sumela monastery, so one of the metropolitans was the celebrant. If he were there it's highly unlikely he'd have time to talk to me owing to the bus loads of Greek tourists.
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I might travel to Istanbul next January.
I will attend the Liturgy in Patriarchal Church of St. George.

Does Patriarch of Constantinople celebrate Divine Liturgy in St. George every Sunday?

Will I have chance to meet Patriarch of Constantinople  Bartholomew I?

Will I be able to talk to him?

Will I be able to receive communion from him? 

The others have answered well.  My perspective, as one who has been twice (2006 and 2013):

1. There is Liturgy at St. George's every Sunday, and there are liturgies in a number of the parishes in the city.  Most parishes are made up of 2-3 churches, and only one of those Churches will have Liturgy.  In any case, you may wish to contact the English Language office at the Patriarchate for more information (patriarchate.english@gmail.com).  You'll speak either with Dn. Nephon or George.

2. The Patriarch does not celebrate the liturgy every week.  The received custom is that he'll celebrate on major feasts at the Cathedral, and when he travels, but most often presides from the throne.

3. If he is there and you are there, then you will most likely be introduced to him and have a chance to speak with him.  The exception is if you show up on a day when there is some sort of planned activity, meeting, conference, etc.  But on a typical day he prefers to meet those who come to the Patriarchate.

4. Receiving communion: only if he liturgizes.  But that shouldn't make a difference - the Body of Christ is what it is wherever it is regardless of the person offering it.  I think we feel an emotional pull toward receiving from our (insert here: childhood priest, spiritual father, mentor, respected elder, etc.), but the Eucharist is the same Christ in all cases (even when offered by us paeans).

5. A letter of introduction would serve you well - identify you as an Orthodox Christian in good standing, etc.  If the one you receive is in a language other than Greek, have it sent over beforehand (to the English language office, who can forward it to the right translator).

I hope this helps.
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