The altar at Meryem Ana Evi

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Saturday, 26-May, 2018, the Church of Smyrna will celebrate the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. The community of Smyrna (Izmir) will go first to visit the home of Our Lady, where the Rosary will be recited, then to the Basilica of Saint John, in Selçuk, where the Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. by the Archbishop at the tomb of the Apostle.

There is no bus service from Kuşadası for this celebration.

First Saturdays

Recognizing the importance of Meryem Ana Evi as a place of prayer for all Christian people that visit Ephesus, we propose some special moments of prayer, in the style of Fatima. There will be a special prayer meeting every first Saturday of the month from May up to October.

The service will begin at 7:30 PM with the Rosary being prayed at the outdoor altar alongside the House. This will be followed at about 8:00 PM by the Vigil Mass of Sunday. The service will conclude with a candlelight procession around the shrine. If there is sufficient demand, there may be bus service from Kuşadası, sponsored by the Meryem Ana Evi Dernek. Please call 0537 387 01 29 to obtain information or to make a reservation (TÜRSAB ID 1823). Reservations must be made by Thursday at noon. 10 TL/person; 5 TL for children 12 and under.


  • Saturday, 5 May 2018
  • Saturday, 2 June 2018
  • Saturday, 7 July 2018
  • Saturday, 4 August 2018
  • Saturday, 1 September 2018
  • Saturday, 6 October 2018