The Annunciation Feast which is the day of the visit of the angel to the Virgin Mary was celebrated Sunday (March 25th) in all Orthodox Churches.
Mersin Greek Orthodox Church Parish Priest İspir Coşkun Teymur said that “This feast is being celebrated since very early ages of Christianity. It is based on the virginity of Mary, that God took flesh in the womb of a woman, by changing the world and changing the face of the history. There are those who reject this fact completely and in part. Christianity responds with complete confidence and understanding in the language of the saints: Would it be impossible for God to join the mankind with his Almighty person, the source of love, whom He has created in his own form and model? If God did not become man remaining in his divine glory, how could the divine love be for man? It is important to know whom the angel Gabriel gave the Good News, but the most important thing is to realize about who is the Good News which Gabriel is giving. The best answer that summarizes the whole meaning of this feast are these words: “True God from True God, Begotten, Not Made”.
The Seven Universal Councils, made in the first millennium, confirm that God received the body from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.
During the Easter period, all Greek Orthodox Communities are allowed to eat fish on the Palm Sunday which is celebrated this year on March 25th. The Women’s Committee of the Greek Orthodox Church of Mersin celebrated this tradition by organizing a lunch of fish in the church hall.