After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


GOC Announcement Glorification of Blessed Chrysostomos


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106 82 Athens
Tel. 21038 28 280 - Fax 21038 47 365 Greece 

Protocol no. 2353

To the Entirety of the Clergy and People of our Church 

Beloved Children in the Lord:

The Blessed Chrysostomos, former Metropolitan of Phlorina, needs no introduction to our flock. He is the Church leader who forsook high office and pecuniary interests, in order to take up the cross of the good confession of the Traditions of our Fathers, which he upheld until his last breath, hav- ing been persecuted, ill treated, reviled, and exiled.

Wherefore, the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of our Church, during its session on January 8/21, 2016, resolved to include in the Calendar of Saints our Blessed First Hierarch, Chrysostomos (Kabourides), former Metropolitan of Phlorina (†1955). It was resolved that the Declaration of his Sanctity [his “Glorification”] shall take place on Saturday, May 15/28, the Eve of the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, at the Holy Convent of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Parnes, Attica, where the tomb of this Hierarch of holy memory is located, as well as the place where his wonder-work- ing was first manifested.

On the evening of Friday, May 14/27 (at 6:00 p.m.), a Festal Great Vespers Service will be cel- ebrated at the Holy Convent of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Parnes, and on the morning of Saturday, May 15/28 (at 7:00 a.m.), Matins and an Inter-Orthodox Divine Liturgy [with the partic- ipation of Hierarchs from our Sister Churches], will be celebrated at the same venue, presided over by His Beatitude, Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and All Greece.

The Holy Synod invites all of the clergy and laity to participate in this great and historic event. 

At the behest of the Holy Synod,

The First Secretary,

Metropolitan Photios of Demetrias 

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