In the memory of the Archbishops and Patriarchs of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the patriarchal church on Saturday evening, May 25, while on Sunday of the Samaritan woman, he officiated at the Divine Liturgy.
The hierarchs Germanos of Tranoupolis, Irenaios of Myriofytos and Peristasis, Chrysostomos of Myra, Theoliptos of Iconium, Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, Elpidoporos of America and Maximos of Silibria concelebrated with the Ecumenical Patriarch.
During the Divine Liturgy he held the ordination to presbyter of the Deacon Victor Kopascu, Candidate Doctor of Turkish Literature at the University of Ankara.
Metropolitan Elder Constantine of Nicea, Archbishop Nektarios of Anthedonos, Commissioner of the Holy Sepulcher in Constantinople, office holders and believers attended.
The Patriarch wished to the new clergy a faithful ministry to the Mother Church, and especially in the field of pastoral care of the Orthodox from Gagauzia living in Turkey.
For his part, the newly-ordained Victor, originating from Moldova, expressed his gratitude and devotion to the Ecumenical Patriarch.