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Enthronement of Bishop Photii

Plus VIDEO of Enthronement!: General Sharing: Enthronement of Bishop Photii as the new Metropolitan of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Orthodox Church

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Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 2:09 PM


Here is the video of the enthronement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V_MRD1gQz8









General Sharing: Enthronement of Bishop Photii as the new Metropolitan of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Orthodox Church

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Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM
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From: theshepherd@mac.com
Subject: Fwd: Enthronement of Bishop Photii as Metropolitan
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:34:59 +0000
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From: Bishop Chrysostomos 
Subject: Enthronement of Bishop Photii as Metropolitan
Date: 6 March 2016 20:44:28 GMT

Meatfare Sunday 
22 February 2016 (Old Style)

Finding of the Holy Relics of the Martyrs of
the Evgenios Gate in Constantinople (ca. 610)

Dear Clergy, Faithful, and Friends:

Εὐλογία Κυρίου. Да благословит вас Господь. Dumnezeu să vă binecuvânteze. May the Lord bless you.

With the blessing of His Eminence, Bishop Auxentios, I have the great pleasure of informing you that this morning in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God, His Eminence, Bishop Photiy of Triaditza, Chief Hierarch of our Sister Church, the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, was elected and enthroned as Metropolitan by the provisional members of the Hierarchal Synod of the Church, Their Eminences, Archbishop George of Kishinev and Moldova, Bishop Nikon of Ishim and Siberia, and Bishop Kyrill of Voronezh and Southern Russia, from our Sister Church, the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, under Metropolitan Agafangel.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Photiy is especially beloved among our faithful here in America, on account of his long association with the former Holy Synod in Resistance, which Consecrated him. (I had the immense honor of being, unworthily, among his Co-Consecrators.) During the years of communion between the Holy Synod in Resistance and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, under Metropolitans Vitaly and Laurus (prior to its union, in September [actually May] of 2007, with the Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Photiy visited our former parishes in the U.S., during which visits he also visited a number of communities of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, many of whose members knew the founder of the Old Calendar Church of Bulgaria, St. Seraphim the Wonderworker of Sofia (glorified by the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Bulgaria and, subsequently, the Moscow Patriarchate and the Bulgarian Patriarchate in Sofia).

Like the Synod in Resistance, His Eminence also broke communion with the Church Abroad when it united with Moscow, and when we united with the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, he and his Faithful followed us. In fact, the ecclesiological document that formed the basis for our union was largely written by Metropolitan Photiy. His Eminence, educated in Classics and theology at the University of Sofia, where he also taught as an assistant professor, was a secret Priest, ordained by the late Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle, until the fall of communism in Bulgaria. He was subsequently Consecrated to the episcopacy. He is the author of numerous books on theology and the Orthodox spiritual life, one translated into English and published by our Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies (The Road to Apostasy: Significant Essays on Ecumenism). 

I would ask all of you, on behalf of Bishop Auxentios—who spoke briefly with Metropolitan Photiy this morning after Liturgy, promising him that he would do so—to pray for the new Metropolitan of the Old Calendar Church of Bulgaria and for his continued service to his Church and Faithful. His Eminence is widely revered in Bulgaria as a luminary and standard bearer of Orthodox tradition in that country: a staunch and courageous defender of the faith and an inspiration to the “Small Flock” of the Bulgarian Orthodox people, who were converted to Orthodoxy more than a century before Russia. 

Axios, axios, axios! Many, many years to our new Metropolitan, whose enthronement is for all of us a foretaste of Pascha!

Least Among Monks, † Bishop Chrysostomos



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The Most Reverend Chrysostomos, former
Archbishop and Metropolitan emeritus of Etna

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