Constantinople, March 7TH, 2014
Your All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I,
Venerable Patriarchs and Archbishops,
Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches,
Your Eminence Metropolitan Eireneos of Myriophyton and Peristasis,
Beloved brothers in Christ,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The gift of the grace of God is truly great for Us to be present here with you in the Queen of cities, the city of Constantine the Great, the city where the Ecumenical Synods took place, and to be extended hospitality in the embrace of the Great Church of Christ at the brotherly invitation of Our beloved brother in Christ, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. (More…)
On Friday the 22nd of February/7th of March 2014, the service of the First Stasis of the Salutations to the All-Holy Theotokos was held at the Katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection, in the context of the Small Compline Service and the Akathist Canon “I shall open my mouth”. The service was led by the Patriarchal Commissioner, the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias. (More…)
Keeping our readers up to date with the Patriarchate’s participation in the Gathering of the Heads of Churches in Constantinople, we would like to inform you that His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, accompanied by His retinue, arrived safely in Constantinople on the evening of Lean Wednesday, the 20th of February/5th of March 2014.
Acting on behalf of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Most Reverend Iacovos, Metropolitan of Princes islands, and Hierodeacon Gregorios welcomed His Beatitude at the airport and escorted him to the Hilton Hotel to rest on the first day of His arrival. (More…)
On the afternoon of Wednesday of Lent, namely the 20th of February/5th of March 2014, His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, His Eminence Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina, and the Very Reverend Archdeacon f. Evlogios, boarded a Turkish Airlines plane from Ben Gurion airport for Constantinople. There, he will participate alongside the Patriarchal Commissioner in Constantinople, His Eminence Nektarios of Anthedon, in the Gathering of the Heads of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, upon the invitation of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The Patriarchate’s website shall in due time keep its readers up-to-date with the proceedings of this Pan-Orthodox Gathering.
From the Secretariat-General
Between Lean Monday and Lean Wednesday, namely the 18th to the 20th of February/ the 3rd to the 5th of March 2014, the service of Matins took place in the Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen in the morning, and the Service of the Great Compline in the afternoon. Chanted during the Great Compline was the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, the Jerusalemite. Leading the service was our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, with co-praying Hagiotaphite Prelates, Hieromonks and Monks. (More…)