Thursday, March 6, 2014

More on Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar

(OMHKSEA) - At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the First-Hierarchs of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end.

Prior to this, from March 4-5, 2014, a Preparatory Committee for the Synaxis was also held at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, in order to formulate the program of proceedings and draft the Message of the First-Hierarchs, who will conclude the Synaxis with a concelebration on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in the venerable Patriarchal Church of St. George, thereby also visibly expressing the unity of Orthodoxy.

During this festive Divine Liturgy on the occasion of great feast of Orthodoxy, the Message of the First-Hierarchs will be read from the Patriarchal Ambon to the faithful of the Most Holy Churches throughout the world.


  1. So what is the authoritative list of who the Patriarchs are (and are not)?

  2. list of participants from

    Russian version ggoogle translated - no representatives from the Czech & Slovak Church or of course the OCA

    Delegation of Orthodox Churches represented at the meeting as follows:
    Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan John of Pergamon, Metropolitan Emmanuel, Archbishop Demetrios American, Swiss Metropolitan Jeremiah;
    Patriarchate of Alexandria: His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II, Metropolitan Guinea George Leontopolsky Metropolitan Gabriel, Archimandrite Theodore (Dridakis);
    Patriarchate of Antioch: Accra Metropolitan Sawa, Metropolitan Buenos Aires Silvanus, Fr Georgi Porphyry;
    Patriarchate of Jerusalem: His Beatitude Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theophilos III, general secretary of the Holy Synod Archbishop Konstantinsky Aristarchus, Archbishop Anfidonsky Nectarios, Deacon Eulogy;
    Moscow Patriarchate: Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, deputy chairman of Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR staff Anatoly Churyakov deacon;
    Georgian Patriarchate: His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, Metropolitan of Akhaltsikhe and Tao-Klardjeti Theodore Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdidi and Tsaish, Archpriest George Zviadadze monk Anthimos;
    Serbian Patriarchate: His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus, Metropolitan of Montenegro and Primorsky Amphilochius Bishop Irinej of Backa, general secretary Archpriest Gayich Gaius;
    Romanian Patriarchate: His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Romanian Metropolitan West and South-European Constitution Joseph, Metropolitan Niphon Targovishte, Archpriest Stefan Ababa, Archpriest Michael Tietz, Deacon Michael Musat;
    Bulgarian Patriarchate: His Holiness the Bulgarian Patriarch Neophytos, Metropolitan Seraphim Nevrokop, general secretary of the Holy Synod Bishop Stobiysky Nahum, head of the secretariat of the Patriarch Theodore Athanasius, Cyril Dimitrov;
    Orthodox Church of Cyprus: His Beatitude Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus Chrysostomos II, Metropolitan Pafsky George Bishop Nectarios Arsinoysky deacon Cyprian Kunturis;
    Orthodox Church: His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Jerome, and Metropolitan of Demetrias Almirossky Ignatius, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Messinia, general secretary of the Holy Synod, Bishop Gabriel Diavliysky deacon Epiphanius Arvanitis, Georgusis Christ;
    Orthodox Church of Albania: Beatitude Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios Korchinskiy Metropolitan John, Metropolitan Demetrios Girokastrsky, Deacon Gregory;
    Polish Orthodox Church: Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland Sawa, Bishop George Semyatychsky Archimandrite Andrew (Borkowski).
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  3. I don't see anyone listed as being present from the Church of the Czech Lands & Slovakia.

    Did I miss it, or was it accidentally left off the list?

    If they weren't there then this would, in part, explain Patriarch Kirill's reference about all the autocephalous Churches not being invited/present:
    “We should seek to ensure that all the Local Churches should take part in the preparation of a Pan-Orthodox Churches, and then our Council will become an expression of the prophetic voice of the Church addressed to both our own ones and external ones. Our own ones should feel the unity of the Church."

    At before I saw that Czech Lands & Slovakia were not represented I thought this comment was in reference to the OCA, but now it seems like it may be evidence that Constantinople really does not recognize +Rastislav of Presov as the legitimate primate of the Church of the Czech Lands & Slovakia.

    Does anyone know more about this?