NEW YORK – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will convene under his chairmanship, Jan. 21-28, 2016, a Synaxis of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva.
The Synaxis will deal with matters related to preparation for the Holy and Great Council, which has been decided to convene this year. His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America will be a member of the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The official announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, issued yesterday January 18, 2016, follows:
The Ecumenical Patriarchate announces that, following an invitation by His All-Holiness to Their Beatitudes the Primates of the local most holy Orthodox Churches, he will chair a Synaxis at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from January 21st to 28th, 2016.
All of the Primates have declared that they will attend the Synaxis in person, with the exception of Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland, who are prevented for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons, while all three will be represented by officially authorized representatives.
The Synaxis will deal with matters related to preparation for the Holy and Great Council, which has been decided to convene this year. In the framework of the Synaxis, an Inter-Orthodox Divine Liturgy will be held in the Holy Stavropegic Church of St. Paul, with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presiding and Their Beatitudes the Primates participating.
At the deliberations of this Sacred Synaxis, the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will comprise His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America and His Excellency Archbishop Job of Telmessos, while His All-Holiness will be accompanied by Their Eminences Geron Metropolitan John of Pergamon and Emmanuel of France as his advisors.
At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on January 18, 2016
From the Office of the Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod